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210122-0001-OS - Japanese Tea Pickers


Kyoto Meiji 1870s Utagawa Hiroshige III

Woodblock print of tea pickers in kimono, wearing towels on their head and their sleeves pulled with cords, are picking tea leaves at a tea plantation in Uji, Kyoto Prefecture.

Original title: Picking Uji tea in Yamashiro Province (山城國宇治茶摘圖一) from the series Products of Greater Japan (大日本物産圖會, Dai Nippon Bussan Zue) by Utagawa Hiroshige III (三代目 歌川広重, 1842?-1894). Published in Tokyo by Okura Magobei (大倉孫兵衛) in 1877 (Meiji 10).

The series was published just before the opening of the First National Industrial Exposition (第1回内国勧業博覧会) in Tokyo’s Ueno Park on August 21, 1877.

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