Hand Colored Photographic Images of Meiji Era Japan - home bathing.
1890's. Woman Delivering Charcoal. A very cheerful woman, with one of her breasts exposed, is carrying three huge packs of charcoal on what appears to be a country road. During the summer, women in the countryside often had much of their body exposed when they worked. Many men wore only a loincloth. Even in the city. This was especially the case for laborers and poor farmers.
series 'Life of Ama Divers' :: Ama Pearl Divers, JAPAN :: by Iwace Yoshiyuki
THE SEWING BOX -- A Geisha of Old Japan Makes Repairs and Adjustments to Her "Haori" (Outer Kimono Jacket)
A collection of interesting pictures I found over the years, Part 15: Architecture (look at my posts for the other parts)
Japanese Ama are famous for pearl diving, but originally they dove for food like seaweed, shellfish, lobsters, octopus, and sea urchins..they use no diving gear..only their own lungpower
Farmer wearing straw rain-coat. Photo, about 1880’s, Kobe, Japan, by T Takagi.
Fosco Maraini Works on Sale at
En 1954, sur la petite île japonaise de Hekura, l'ethnologue et photographe italien Fosco Maraini tombe sous le charme des “ama”, des plongeuses en apnée. Un monde aujourd'hui en voie de disparition.