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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:   Street vendor with small pipes on display

Creator:  Wolcott, Katherine

Date:  1909

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    Title:   Sword sharpener practicing his trade

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    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:   Temple in the Japanese countryside

        Creator:  Wolcott, Katherine

        Date:  1909

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          Title:   Temple walkway lined with stalls and vendors

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          Date:  1909

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            Title:   The entrance to a rural shrine

            Creator:  Wolcott, Katherine

            Date:  1909

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              Title:   The severed heads of criminals at a watch post

              Creator:  Wolcott, Katherine

              Date:  1909

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                Title:   The streets of Kyoto

                Creator:  Wolcott, Katherine

                Date:  1909

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                The streets are filled with people, American and Japanese flags flying from buildings. In the background, you can see an advertisement for Kirin beer, written in both Katakana and English. On the streets, there are men dressed in the more traditional clothing as well as men dressed in western appearing clothing.

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                  Title:   The streets of Yokohama

                  Creator:  Wolcott, Katherine

                  Date:  1909

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                  The streets are lined with ornamentation to celebrate a Japanese victory over the Russians in the Russo-Japanese war.

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                    Title:   The town of Hakone

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                    Date:  1909

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                      Title:   Three basket weavers at work

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                      Date:  1909

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                        Title:   Three children standing in a garden

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                        Date:  1909

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                          Title:   Three men carrying a woman in a palanquin

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                          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 street vendors taking a break

                              Creator:  Wolcott, Katherine

                              Date:  1909

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                              One of the street vendors is selling pipes.There is a large selection of them behind the man in the middle of the picture.

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                                Title:   Three travelers walking down a country road

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                                Date:  1909

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                                  Title:   Three women bathing

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                                    Title:   Two Ainu posing in traditional attire

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                                      Title:   Two Sumo wrestlers

                                      Creator:  Wolcott, Katherine

                                      Date:  1909

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                                      The belt of cloth, usually silk, worn by the men is known as a "Mawashi" in Japanese.

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                                        Title:   Two Sumo wrestlers locked in a grapple

                                        Creator:  Wolcott, Katherine

                                        Date:  1909

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                                        The under garment worn by Sumo Wrestlers is known as the "Mawashi".

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                                          Title:   Two carpenters

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                                          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 female performers

                                              Creator:  Wolcott, Katherine

                                              Date:  1909

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                                              The woman on the right is holding a Shamisen, while the woman on the left is posed in a position as if she were about to begin dancing.

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                                                Title:   Two hand draw masks

                                                Creator:  Wolcott, Katherine

                                                Date:  1909

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                                                These two faces look akin to common "Mempo", the masks worn by samurai to guard the face. The coloration, and fierce facial expressions, are remarkably similar.

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                                                  Title:   Two men attired as Samurai playing Shogi

                                                  Creator:  Wolcott, Katherine

                                                  Date:  1909

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                                                  Judging by their hairstyles and the manner in which they are dressed, the two men are either of Samurai heritage or imitating men of such. They are playing Shogi, a Japanese board game similar in quality and manner to Chess.

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