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Fortune Cookie Production at Benkyodo, San Francisco - ca 1914-1941 - WWII - 1946-1958

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Meiji Era Woodblock Print of Tsujiura Sembei Shop

Dr. Yasuko Nakamachi, Kanagawa University wrote In her essay, “A Critical View of a Traditional Illustration,” Dr. Nakamachi reproduced this woodblock print from the National Diet Library, which was used to illustrate a story she cited from “Moshiogusa Kinsei Kidan (Moshiogusa Modern Amazing Stories), from the Meiji era, 1868-1912. The story and illustration presents a character, Kinnosuke as a tsujiura shop worker using kata to bake the tsujiura sembei over a charcoal grill. Notice the katas on the grill. They are the same as the katas in the possession of Benkyodo and the Hagiwaras family today and date back to the turn of the century when they were similarly first used in America..

The kata that were discussed in the Mock Trial and in the possession of Benkyodo and the Hagiwaras are the very same type seen used in this woodblock print.
In her essay, “A Critical View of a Traditional Illustration,” Dr. Nakamachi reproduced a woodblock print from the National Diet Library, which was used to illustrate a story she cited from “Moshiogusa Kinsei Kidan (Moshiogusa Modern Amazing Stories), from the Meiji era, 1868-1912. The story and illustration presents a character, Kinnosuke as a tsujiura shop worker using kata to bake the tsujiura sembei over a charcoal grill. The kata that were discussed in the Mock Trial and in the possession of Benkyodo and the Hagiwaras are the very same type seen used in this woodblock print.


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