Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Yakko - the servants of samurai

During the Edo period in Japan, Yakko were the servants of of high ranking samurai and transported their weapons and personal affairs. They walked at the top of a daimyo's cortege in order to free the street, by crying and dancing. They wore a vest on which the "nail-puller crest" was attached, on the shoulders.

Yakko live on today in kite form:

Friday, April 11, 2014

The Chochin - The traditional Japanese lantern (lamp)

Chochin are originated in China. They are commonly seen at the entrance of Buddhist temples, in traditional festivals and at the entrance of bars and Restaurants.
The chochin paper lantern is a traditional form of illumination in Japan, made from washi paper carefully glued on a bamboo cane frame.
The "Koh-shichi" (literally "Happy Seven") chochin is constructed using traditional lantern making techniques passed down from over 300 years ago. Most of the work involved is handiwork by craftspeople who are devoted heart and soul to the creation of these beautiful objects.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

The Japanese patriotic labels are of the most beautiful and colorful labels that I have

I really love those antique Australian advertisement Trade Mark labels, since you can easily trace these old companies in Google and find who were they and even to see sometimes that they are no longer exist... These ones are probably Japanese labels

Hobart is the capital and most populous city of the Australian island state of Tasmania

Brownells established Hobart’s first department store in 1888 in Liverpool Street, and it became a public company in 1902. It offered a successful mail-order service from inception, and in 1912, it introduced a unique and free service for remote female customers: Brownell's Famous Lady Shopper, known as Aunt Edna. Naturally most of the shopping was done in-house, but Aunt Edna also undertook other commissions and purchased outside goods, which she dispatched with one of her much-prized 'homely, womanly, and sympathetic' letters.
Remodelled in the 1950s using the latest American techniques, Brownells became Tasmania's largest departmental store. It was taken over by Myer in 1959.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

And now for some thing completly different - An old beautiful Japanese matchbook of a Sailor in a very good condition for it's old age

So, if we talk about "Find the differences", so, please Find the differences!

The Joker with the explorer finger

Same producer - different animal 

Same motif - different producer 

More beautiful Dragon labels were added to my collection - find the differences!

This Passover's Carp is so heavy!!!

A different way to ride a horse...using a bizarre Air Ship (or a small Zeppelin for private use)

The Baby, the Angel and the Soldier

I wish I could read Japanese...It would have made my blog more accurate 

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