The works of Sakubei Yamamoto
Yama Children

Children in Coal Pits (Yama) in the Meiji Era (1868-1912) #2: Stilts
1964 - 1967

Meiji Chuki Yama no Kodomo #2: Takeuma/Sangashi
[Children in Coal Pits (Yama) in the Meiji Era (1868-1912) #2: Stilts]
25.4 x 35.6 cm Painting in Watercolors and Ink

A child was called an expert in using stilts when he/she became able to walk on one stilt, shouldering the other. Hard training was needed to acquire such a technique. Children played with stilts only in winter, only starting to play with them from New Year's Day. At that time, each child only wore a lined kimono over a flannel shirt. Though tight-sleeved dark-blue short coats were available, children did not wear them because such coats prevented them from moving freely. Knitted goods were not available in pits. No child wore socks because socks at that time were handmade with strings. I never saw a child wearing a scarf.

Translation Assisted by Mr. Nathan Johndro

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