The works of Sakubei Yamamoto

Overhanging and Bottom-projecting Coalfaces with Cross Grain
1958 - 1963

Kamurime, Shirisashime
[Overhanging and Bottom-projecting Coalfaces with Cross Grain]
21.2 x 30.5 cm Ink Painting

While they were mining, newly employed sakiyamas (hewer) were sometimes surprised at the appearance of an over-hanging coalface with cross grain (kamurime: kaburime). (It was because the coalface looked as if it was a painted wall.) In addition to cross and straight grain coalfaces, there were overhanging cross grain coalfaces. Cross grain coalfaces whose bottoms were projecting were called shirisashime. Each of the many layers of kamurime was 2 to 5 sun (6 cm to 15 cm) thick and the coal from such coalfaces was softer than from other coalfaces.

Text at the Top Left
Shinzan no Sakiyama: "Toryo san! Hentekona mono ga demashita."
Toryo: "Umu, kamurime da. Kyo wa unto dase. Shikashi danso mo chikai zo."

Newly Employed Sakiyama: "Look, Toryo san (Boss)! I've come across something strange."
Boss: "Yes, it's a kamurime. Mine a lot of coal today. But remember that you'll also find a fault soon."

Lettering on the Shown Kamurime
sokumen: side view

Translation Assisted by Mr. Nathan Johndro

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