The works of Sakubei Yamamoto
Fights, Rice Riots

Rice Riots at Coal Pits (Yama) #4 (Mobilization of the Entire Police Force)
1964 - 1967

Yama no Komesodo #4 (Keikan Sodoin)
[Rice Riots at Coal Pits (Yama) #4 (Mobilization of the Entire Police Force)]
37.9 x 53.9 cm Painting in Watercolors and Ink

Text in Red Ink
Rice riots at coal pits in this region started on December 27, 1918. (A newspaper said that some shops retailing rice were ravaged by the rioters)

Main Text
(The rioters ravaged only shops in their coal pits and it is said that no shops retailing rice in the towns around the pits were ravaged.)
All the policemen were sent to suppress the riots but they would not use their sabers and the riots would not cease. Instead, the rioters became more and more angry and desperate, and were furious enough to shout, "Don't you policemen eat rice?" or "Beat them away!"

Lettering on the Goods in the Shop
hatsumugi: new wheat
seishu: sake/rice wine
shochu: liquor distilled from grain
sekken: soap

Translation Assisted by Mr. Nathan Johndro

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