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New Year's Photos in the Meiji Period

Photography New Year's Soba Holidays

Kozaburo Tamamura, a prominent photographer in the Meiji Period (1868-1912), was commissioned to produce a series of photos by a publisher in the United States to promote Japan. Tamura chose to beautifully capture the traditional Japanese New Year celebrations and customs, some of which are still practiced even today.

Kakizome is the first calligraphy written in the New Year.

Karuta is still a traditional New Year’s card game, though less and less people actually play it.

A family eats ozoni, the traditional New Year’s morning soup.

Kadomatsu, New Year’s decorations containing bamboo and pine, are still placed on either side of front doors today.

Toshikoshi soba, extra long buckwheat noodles, are traditionally eaten at midnight on New Year’s Eve.

Mochi is a kind of sticky rice cake made by pounding rice in a large container.

Two girls play hanetsuki, a New Year’s game played with a paddle and shuttlecock.

For more photographs taken by Kozaburo Tamamura, including some stunning shots of Japan's landscape, be sure to read the full article at RocketNews24 below the break!

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