Serving "Sweet Wine" (Amazake) from a Portable "Kiosk" (The Japanese Version of a Cold Lemonade Stand)

Ca1892-95. Studio composition by T. ENAMI of Yokohama. Hand-tinted Glass slide. From Enami's earliest period.


The above is a "vignette" manipulation of the original glass lantern-slide scan posted HERE :


The above photo from old 1890s Japan was originally titled by me as everyone getting served TEA.


However, that was before Enami's original catalog was discovered. Now we know what's really going on here....


Enami image # 559 above is titled in his catalog as "The Baby Nurse Stands by Sweet Wine".

View # 558 in the series (not posted) is called "The Children Buying Sweet Wine".


I suppose I could say something here about serving alcohol to children, but can't seem to think of any pithy, tongue-in-cheek thing to say at the moment.





The MOTHER-LOAD of T. ENAMI images is found HERE :











  • Naomi no Kimono Asobi PRO 7y

    I recently unpicked an obi, as it had a huge hole that would show while being worn - I wanted to re-use the fabric for other kimono items.

    I was utterly surprised to discover that who ever originally made the obi had recycled an indigo happi coat, almost identical to what the guy is wearing in the photo - to line the obi and make it stiff! I think I'm going to make the coat into a noren, to give it new life, yet again.
  • Okinawa Soba (Rob) PRO 7y

    Naomi, Do you mean the obi has a liner showing those big graphic design patterns ?
  • Naomi no Kimono Asobi PRO 7y

    Nope, I mean the liner was formerly one of those jackets! I have a photo I took, I'll have to post. I've come across some interesting recyled fabric before in kimono, but normally it's just tiny little pieces used to stiffen the collar a little bit more, or a thin piece to pad the bottom hem of a kimono. I've never seen this type of recyling before.

    Unfortunately it was only just the body part - it didn't contain the sleeves or collar, so I couldn't reconstruct it back into a jacket. But - the body part is more than enough to make a decorative noren with though.
  • Zigmund Void 6y

    The design looks quite like an Ainu design on their coats. Hey, speaking of Ainu, where are the Ryuukyuu aboriginals? Did any photographers bother to take any photos of them?
  • Okinawa Soba (Rob) PRO 6y

    Hi Harlow -- Compared to the Ainu, the old Ryukyuan folks were not photographed as much. I have a few, and posted a couple. You can spot them in the thumbnails near the bottom of this set :
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