The Kimono Gallery
“Taken in 1914. This photo is from an album Elstner Hilton compiled in Japan between 1914 and 1918. Elstner was my spouse’s uncle. “ Text and images via Alan on Flickr.
A staged 19th century photograph of a farmer and his wife. The man wears the traditional straw rain coat ( 蓑, mino) and kasa (笠), a hat made of bamboo or sedge. Unidentified photographer. Note that there is a small number close to the left foot of the farmer. It is blotted out, but still visible. Maybe an early pirated view? Although this is only a small sized albumen print, the coloring is very precise. (Photographer probably Kusakabe Kimbei)