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Yan Yan Un Market of Korea and Tori no Ichi Market

Yan Yan Un Market, Yan Yan District, Kangwon Province, Korea (photographed by Takanori Shimamura)
Scenes of the Yan Yan Market in a town on the eastern coast of Korea. This market, called "oirun-yan" (five-day market), is held once every five days. The woman in the middle of the photo is carrying goods on top of her head. This style of carrying goods is used in places such as Korea and Okinawa, but in the past it was also seen in various parts of Japan. Incidentally, the signs written in Hangul in the middle of the photograph mean "Parkland" and "books, videos."

Tori no Ichi Market
A market for Kumade (bamboo rakes) is held in November on the Day of the Bird at the Otori Shrine. It is said that many fires break out in years with three Days of the Bird. The Tori no Ichi market in Asakusa, at the Otori Shrine in Taito-ku, Tokyo, is famous and attracts many visitors. It bustles with people who have come to buy the Kumade good luck charms, which are said to rake in good fortune. Kumade are decorated with items such as Otafuku and Daifukucho masks, folding fans and treasure chests. They are displayed by merchants in shops as invocations for good business.


Let's Go to the Museum!

The village headman's storehouse - a fusion of real and imaginary spaces (Yoshimichi Mikuriya)

A Witness to History

A photographic introduction to items from the collection
The legacy of the Jomon people in Hokkaido - Keisaku Ochiai's collection of artifacrts from the Jomon Period

Special Edition:Ethnicities - A study of history that transcends the world

Multi-cultural politics of historical exhibitions concerning Japanese Americans (Takeo Morimo)
The Establishment of Japan's modern national government and the creation of the concept of Race (Masahiro Kasai)
Ethnic records of a border town - the Japanese Koreans of Shimonoseki (Takanori Shimamura)


Environmental changes of the past 2,000 years and northern culture (Hiroshi Ushiro)
Transformation of the characteristics of people in the Ryukyu archipelago (Naomi Doi)

33rd Rekihaku Colloquy

Current day history of discrimination (Masaki Hirota and Takeshi Asaji)

5th Rekihaku Research Bulletin

Museum materials survey report
Creating a collection of materials on death, funeral attendance, and grave systems (Easter Japan chapters 1, 2, Western Japan chapters 1, 2)
(Takanori Shintani)

Introductions by the Author

Archaeology and Natural Science 2
Archaeology and Zoology
(Toyohiro Nishimoto)
Archaeology and Natural Science 3
Archaeology and Botany
(Seiichiro Tsuji)


"The Customs of Shrine Officials and the Elderly"
by Mayumi Sekizawa
(reviewer Nobuhiro Masaoka)

Exhibition Review

Carpenters' tools that were sent to Holland
The strange contradictions of the National Museum of Japanese History's exhibition (reviewer Keisuke Fujii)

Rekihaku Chat (readers' page) 11/20/2000

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