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210122-0053-OS - Planting Rice


Kumamoto Meiji 1870s Utagawa Hiroshige III

Woodblock print of farmers, some wearing sugegasa (sedge-woven hats), planting rice in Kumamoto Prefecture on the island of Kyushu. This process is called taue (田植え) in Japanese.

Original title: Planting rice in Higo Province (肥後國田植之圖) 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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