Japanese Tea Houses

Special Collections > Keystone Slides
tiff scanned file from original glass slide
Japan is a fairy-land of flowers in the summer time. The Japanese like flowers as no people in the world do. There are days set apart for flower festivals. This picture was taken in the spring when the cherry trees were in bloom. One day is called the "Feast of the Cherry Blossoms," and then every one goes out to admire the beautiful pinks and whites of the blooms. The fruit of the trees is sour and almost useless, but the trees are grown everywhere for their blossoms. All kinds of flowers are grown. The little gardens are laid out with excellent taste, and are so arranged that the color scheme of the blossoms is a study in harmony. We have in recent years borrowed from the Japanese many flowers, such as certain kinds of roses, chrysanthemums, and dahlias. It is the part of every Japanese girl's schooling to learn to arrange flowers in bouquets and in vases. Japan is also the land of children. Babies are cared for and played with as in no other land. The one the Japanese girl has in her arms appears to be happy and healthy. The one in the basket is just as happy. He is perfectly at home in his basket, for this is his regular way of traveling. Special days are set apart for the children. There is a "Doll Day" for the girls. Then every girl receives two dolls. There is a day for boys called "Flag Day" when the boys receives presents of swords and flags. Tea houses, such as these you see, are common to all Japan. Like all Japanese houses, they are slight buildings, well arranged and tidily kept. In these, and in little arbors, the Japanese sit and sip their favorite drink. Jugglers, sleight-of-hand men, and athletes often entertain the little crowds and thereby earn a penny. Find the policeman in the picture. Notice the dress of the baby and of the woman holding it. Keystone ID: 14045 Note: All titles, descriptions, and location coordinates are from the original Keystone Slide documentation as supplied by the Keystone View Company. No text has been edited or changed.
Copyright by the Keystone View Company. The original slides are housed in McConnell Library's Special Collections.