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110705-0015 - Monkey Trainer


Outside Showa 1920s Unknown

A traveling monkey trainer and his highly trained Japanese macaque monkey. The art of sarumawashi (猿回し) evolved over a thousand years and was originally a religious ritual designed to protect the horses of samurai. It eventually became a very popular form of entertainment. Featuring acrobatic stunts and comedic skits, the art survived its near death in the 1970s and is still performed today.
This card is from a series called “Nihon Fuuzoku” (Japanese Customs). The printing quality is not so good, but the series gives a great view on daily life in Japan during the early Showa Period

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