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Craftsman | by A.Davey
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Craftsman

My spouse's uncle Elstner Hilton took this photo in Japan between 1914 and 1918.

 

I wish I knew enough about Japanese culture to identify the activity this man is engaged in. My best (and only) guess is that he's honing ink stones for use in calligraphy. I base this on the stack of rectangular stones at the rear of his work space on the right. They might be the finished product.

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Taken in May 1915