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120420-0009 - Masseur at Work


Inside Meiji 1870s Unknown

A blind masseur (あんま) giving a massage to a woman lying on the floor. A kiseru pipe is laying on the floor.

Massage was a common occupation for the visually impaired. In the back a woman is playing the shamisen.

Published in the British weekly illustrated newspaper The Graphic on April 30, 1870 (Meiji 3).

Original text: “Shampooing in Japan”

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