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190102-0044-PP - Blind Man with Staf


Studio Meiji 1880s Unknown

Studio scene of a blind Japanese man with his staf and whistle, most likely an anma (按摩, masseur), standing next to two women and a man sitting on a bench.

The blind were traditionally employed in professions like musical performance, song and recital, massage, acupuncture, fortune-telling, and money-lending. Many spirit mediums (巫子, Itako) were also blind.

During the Edo Period (1603-1867) there were established private schools teaching these professions to the blind. As a result, blind people took actively part in daily life in Japan.

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