The topic of this week's Link Party is Children. To be honest, that isn't my favourite topic by a mile as I am not a big fan of children. However, I heard that once upon a time I myself was a child, so decided to search out some cards for this week.
Surprisingly, there aren't very many Gotochi cards with children on them... I found this one from Kyoto, but the explanation on the site when it is translated into English makes absolutely no mention of the children. Honestly, it doesn't make much sense at all either! See what I mean?
The majority of the cards that I will show today were taken by a local photographer, Domon Ken. (Wikipedia is using the western way of writing his name, I'm using the Japanese way of family name first.) Domon Ken was born in the next city to mine, Sakata. There is a dedicated museum to his work there. It is a lovely place and of course, they sell many postcards of his work!
I really like his photographs of children, and many of his people pictures too. He manages to capture the simple joys in the life of a child. I'm sorry, but I don't have any information about when or where these photographs were taken.
|The woman is making some kind of sweet which I believe the boys|
would like to buy!
The illustration shows two dolls in straw baskets. Even now, they are popular souvenirs of this area. The reason they are so popular is that in days gone by, babies and small children were placed in these straw baskets as a way of keeping them safe and warm.
I hope you have enjoyed this look at Japanese children in my postcards. Please visit the other members of the Weekend Linky-Party too please. Thanks for reading!