1910's. "What a wonderful and relaxed scene. Three women and two small kids, all wearing traditional clothing, having a welcome tea break at the engawa of a thatched house. The women’s clothing does not seem to be the working wear for these farm women. Perhaps this was a small social gathering of neighbourhood women for tea rather than a break during a day of hard work. Nonetheless, the pile of fire wood seems to imply that these moments of rest were rare."
Japanese New Year tradition. The making of silk cords (shime), a good luck charm to the bearer. 1934