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Painting by Sakubei Yamamoto
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No. 380 —38.2 x 54.3 cm. Watercolour and Ink.


What the text says:


Coal hewers mine the coal and the other member of the pair dragged the coal out with the twinroped human-hauled box, up to “Kanekata” (horizontal drive). Then coal was transfered by hand into coal skips for transportation to mine entrance. Text upper left: Colliery in the Mid Meiji.
Children were able to work at collieries from the age 7 or 8. They went down the mine with their
own lanterns in hand. His father is “Sakiyama” (one of a pair), elder sister/brother act as 2
“Atoyama” (pair helpers), and then the young boy works as the 4th force. So, you would see two
children with 4 eyes, 4 arms, 4 feet together play the role of one full-fledged miner.


Husband and Wife, Parent and a child, Brother/Sister with another brothers/sisters, all work in pairs. A pair work produces about 2.5 tonnes; 5 or 6 Coal boxes/day from “Teisotan” ( a thin coal seam).
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Keywords: Sakubei Yamamoto Collection annotated paintings diaries
Copyright: © Yamamoto Family
Date: 2010
Place: Tagawa City Coal Mining Historical Museum, Tagawa, Fukuoka Prefecture
Country: Japan
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