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A Tourist's Album of Japan

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Katherine Wolcott and her uncle, Robert Hull Fleming, compiled this photo album on their visit to Japan in 1909. Part of a larger Asian trip, the two stopped in Japan and collected photos, postcards, bookmarks, and other materials. Fleming was a graduate of the University of Vermont, and in 1929 Katherine Wolcott helped to fund the construction of the Robert Hull Fleming Museum in memory of her late uncle. This album, a memento from their trip, was part of Wolcott’s own collection.

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Time Period Covered: 1909 

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Published:  February 01, 2011,  University of Vermont, Bailey/Howe Library, Special Collections

Rights:  Requests to reproduce this item should be sent to the UVM Libraries' Center for Digital Initiatives at cdi@uvm.edu. For more information, see http://cdi.uvm.edu/about/rights.


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Title:   A group of female performers

Creator:  Wolcott, Katherine

Date:  1909

Resource type:   photographs

Resource type:   photomechanical prints

The woman on the right is holding a Shamisen, while the other women strike poses.

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    Title:   A lantern maker and his family plying their trade

    Creator:  Wolcott, Katherine

    Date:  1909

    Resource type:   photographs

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      Title:   A man and five women dining

      Creator:  Wolcott, Katherine

      Date:  1909

      Resource type:   photographs

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      The gathered group of people appear to be eating either Udon or Soba noodles. The gender ratio is somewhat perplexing, but can most likely be attributed to the artificial nature of the picture.

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        Title:   A portrait of a young woman

        Creator:  Wolcott, Katherine

        Date:  1909

        Resource type:   photographs

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          Title:   Doctor attending to a sick woman

          Creator:  Wolcott, Katherine

          Date:  1909

          Resource type:   photographs

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            Title:   Employees outside a tea house

            Creator:  Wolcott, Katherine

            Date:  1909

            Resource type:   photographs

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              Title:   Fan crafter with a customer

              Creator:  Wolcott, Katherine

              Date:  1909

              Resource type:   photographs

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              There are two main types of fans in this man's shop. The folding fan - known as the "Sensu," and the hand fan - known as the "Uchiwa."

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                Title:   Five women on a bench

                Creator:  Wolcott, Katherine

                Date:  1909

                Resource type:   photographs

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                Five women, dressed in elegant kimono's, sit astride a wooden bench. The picture is hand colored.

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                  Title:   Four women picking plants

                  Creator:  Wolcott, Katherine

                  Date:  1909

                  Resource type:   photographs

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                  It looks like the women are picking tea leaves. Less labor intensive then traditional rice farming, but still a difficult job.

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                    Title:   Four women preparing a meal

                    Creator:  Wolcott, Katherine

                    Date:  1909

                    Resource type:   photographs

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                    The four women are engaged in various tasks. The woman on the farthest left is grinding something within her bowl, while the woman to her right is dicing a radish. The two women on the right are tending a fire.

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                      Title:   Groups of people eating lakeside

                      Creator:  Wolcott, Katherine

                      Date:  1909

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                      A group of women are eating together by a lake. A group of men are in the background, and appear to be eating as well.

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                        Title:   Rickshaw driver picking up two clients

                        Creator:  Wolcott, Katherine

                        Date:  1909

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                          Title:   Shamisen crafter with a customer

                          Creator:  Wolcott, Katherine

                          Date:  1909

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                            Title:   Tea house with waitresses

                            Creator:  Wolcott, Katherine

                            Date:  1909

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                            Judging by the large quantity of women present in the building, this residence is most likely a tea-house or establishment catering to entertaining men.

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                              Title:   Three men carrying a woman in a palanquin

                              Creator:  Wolcott, Katherine

                              Date:  1909

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                                Title:   Three people bathing

                                Creator:  Wolcott, Katherine

                                Date:  1909

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                                Communal bathing was not uncommon during the early 20th century. It was often done together as a family, especially in the countryside.

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                                  Title:   Three women bathing

                                  Creator:  Wolcott, Katherine

                                  Date:  1909

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                                    Title:   Two female musicians

                                    Creator:  Wolcott, Katherine

                                    Date:  1909

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                                    The woman on the left is playing a Koto, while the woman on the right is playing a Shamisen.

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                                      Title:   Two traveling female performers

                                      Creator:  Wolcott, Katherine

                                      Date:  1909

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                                      The woman on the left is carrying a Shamisen, while the woman on the right is holding a Kokyu.

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                                        Title:   Two women and a child siting below Sakura Trees

                                        Creator:  Wolcott, Katherine

                                        Date:  1909

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                                        A small Gazebo structure appears behind the women.

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                                          Title:   Two women bathing and dressing themselves

                                          Creator:  Wolcott, Katherine

                                          Date:  1909

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                                          The two women are in different stages preparation. The one on the left appears to be applying various forms of make up to herself, while the one on the right is washing herself.

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                                            Title:   Two women getting water at a well

                                            Creator:  Wolcott, Katherine

                                            Date:  1909

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                                              Title:   Two women posing for a picture with their calligraphy

                                              Creator:  Wolcott, Katherine

                                              Date:  1909

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                                              Two women posing with umbrellas and calligraphy.

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                                                Title:   Two women posing in front of a mural of Mt Fuji

                                                Creator:  Wolcott, Katherine

                                                Date:  1909

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                                                Two women are depicted as walking through a rural setting. A mural of Mt Fuji is seen in the background. The women are wearing rather large Geta (Footwear).

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                                                  Title:   Two women posing with a tea set

                                                  Creator:  Wolcott, Katherine

                                                  Date:  1909

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