Let's Meet Up at the Stone Lion ! - Kids at a Japanese Temple
Another fine, hand-colored view by T. ENAMI ca.1898-1908.
Enami's stereoviews abound with images of children in all forms of work, play, and general hanging around. Japan, like America, (and many countries still today) built half of their country's wealth on the back of Child Labor. But for these kids, it's a sunny day off for time with friends.
Enami, who was good at gathering children in front of his camera, usually chose to show them in happier moments of rest or play. Click on "ALL SIZES" above the picture to see the kids in detail.
I wrote the above Flickr title while thinking about the statue of Hachiko, the faithful Akita dog, that stands outside one of the many exits of the Shibuya Train Station in Tokyo. I have left the station via the "Hachiko Exit" many times, meeting up with my friends at the Statue of Hachiko. The only problem I ever encountered was the 100 or more other people who were waiting at the same statue for their own pre-arranged meetings ! ;-)
The above lion-dog in Kyoto is far removed from Hachiko in Shibuya, but the feeling is the same to me when I see all of these kids gathered together, as if waiting for their friends with a pre-arranged plan. Let's Meet Up at the Stone Lion !
For more on the photographer see : www.t-enami.org
LOTS MORE OF ENAMI'S CLASSIC IMAGES ARE IN THIS FLICKr COLLECTION : www.flickr.com/photos/24443965@N08/collections/7215761388...