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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:   Bridge in rural Japan

Creator:  Wolcott, Katherine

Date:  1909

Resource type:   photographs

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    Title:   Bridge spanning a large river in rural Japan

    Creator:  Wolcott, Katherine

    Date:  1909

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      Title:   Bridge spanning a slow moving river

      Creator:  Wolcott, Katherine

      Date:  1909

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        Title:   Buddhist temple guardian statue

        Creator:  Wolcott, Katherine

        Date:  1909

        Resource type:   photographs

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        These statues were though to ward off evil spirits and ensure the safety of the temple. In the very forefront of the picture you can see a man kneeling before the statue and box in front of it.

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          Title:   Castle in the countryside

          Creator:  Wolcott, Katherine

          Date:  1909

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            Title:   Cherry blossom festival

            Creator:  Wolcott, Katherine

            Date:  1909

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              Title:   Cherry blossom festival in full swing

              Creator:  Wolcott, Katherine

              Date:  1909

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                Title:   Doctor attending to a sick woman

                Creator:  Wolcott, Katherine

                Date:  1909

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                  Title:   Elderly man with a bow

                  Creator:  Wolcott, Katherine

                  Date:  1909

                  Resource type:   photographs

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                  An elderly man is posing in a clan kimono with a "Yumi" (Bow) in his left hand. The bareness of his left arm suggests that the man is a practitioner of "Kyudo" (Japanese Zen Archery).

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                    Title:   Employees outside a tea house

                    Creator:  Wolcott, Katherine

                    Date:  1909

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                      Title:   Entrance to a rural shrine

                      Creator:  Wolcott, Katherine

                      Date:  1909

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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:   Farmer traveling on a country road

                          Creator:  Wolcott, Katherine

                          Date:  1909

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                            Title:   Farmers collecting their harvest

                            Creator:  Wolcott, Katherine

                            Date:  1909

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                            It appears the people in this picture are all part of the same family. In the picture you can see three generations of the family working together on the harvest.

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                              Title:   Farmers planting their crop

                              Creator:  Wolcott, Katherine

                              Date:  1909

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                                Title:   Female musician with koto and Ōtsuzumi

                                Creator:  Wolcott, Katherine

                                Date:  1909

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                                The instrument leaning against the wall behind the woman is a Koto. The drum she is holding and the one laying on the floor next to her are Ōtsuzumi.

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                                  Title:   Five monks posing

                                  Creator:  Wolcott, Katherine

                                  Date:  1909

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                                    Title:   Five women on a bench

                                    Creator:  Wolcott, Katherine

                                    Date:  1909

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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:   Flowers

                                      Creator:  Wolcott, Katherine

                                      Date:  1909

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                                        Title:   Fortified castle in the countryside

                                        Creator:  Wolcott, Katherine

                                        Date:  1909

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                                          Title:   Four women picking plants

                                          Creator:  Wolcott, Katherine

                                          Date:  1909

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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

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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:   Group of farmers tending to their crops

                                              Creator:  Wolcott, Katherine

                                              Date:  1909

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                                                Title:   Group of men with Shamisen and sake

                                                Creator:  Wolcott, Katherine

                                                Date:  1909

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                                                The second man from the left is playing a Shamisen, while the second man from the right is drinking sake. The two others are posing for the music.

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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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