The works of Sakubei Yamamoto

People at Coal Pits in the Old Days #8 (Top-projecting Cross-grain Coalface)
1958 - 1963

Mukashi no Yamabito #8 (Tanso no Kaburime)
[People at Coal Pits in the Old Days #8 (Top-projecting Cross-grain Coalface)]
21.2 x 30.3 cm Ink Painting

Text at the Bottom Right
"Wow! We've hit something strange!"
Sakiyamas (hewers) fresh to the job sometimes got surprised, thinking that they reached a fault face which was made after a natural roof fall.

Text at the Top Left
Some coalfaces had another feature called kaburime in addition to cross and straight grains. The upper part of a kaburime coalface had an overhang near the roof. Each grain texture was about 10 centimeters thick and many of them were piled together. The coal from such coalfaces was rather soft. The similar grains of coalfaces whose lower parts near the bottoms projected contrary to those with kaburime were called shirisashime.
The face of kaburime or shirisashime was flat like a blackboard and its textures could be peeled off one by one.
These grains were usually seen near faults.

Lettering in White on the Coal Bed
sokumen: side view

Tattoo on the Hewer's Right Upper Arm
dairiki: great power

Translation Assisted by Mr. Nathan Johndro

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