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田植 (rice planting)

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田植 (taue)
rice planting

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This piece depicts young women, known as saotome 早乙女, doing rice planting. Traditionally, young women would go out into the rice paddies to plant seedlings in the fields during the rainy season, often wearing red waistcloths and straw hats. Although most rice planting is done by machine now, some places in Japan continue to celebrate this traditional method. Here, the hats and bodies of the figures can be removed and turned into tops.  

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Hiroi Michiaki: What is this? Ahh, this is rice planting. This isn’t a top, but, –ah, here, wasn’t there another piece here? This. Um, long ago, this is paddy fields and rice planting, and, ahh, ah, ah, isn’t it right about this time of year? A number of people do this, and these are people who are planting the rice, saotome (young female rice planters).

Mrs. Hiroi: Yeah.

Hiroi: Were they called saotome? In the past, the rainy season was later than it is now, so when it was rainy, they would plant the rice. So in the paddy fields a number of girls would line up and they’d wear these red waistcloths and plant rice. The top is shaped like that. It’s the same [as that].

 

Media post メディアポスト: A New Year’s Top Demonstration 新年の独楽 実演

These photos show a New Year’s Top Demonstration in the early 1980s in a local department store where Hiroi-sensei also sold his tops.

1980年代初頭、廣井先生が独楽を販売していた地元のデパートで新年に独楽の実演

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Newspaper article 新聞記事:Seven Artisans Compete with New “Sendai Fortune” Products

Hiroi-sensei has appeared many times in Japanese newspapers. Below is a translation of an article entitled “Seven Artisans Compete with New “Sendai Fortune” Products” that ran December 27, 2008 in the newspaper Kahoku shinpō. See the original Japanese article at the link below.

廣井先生は多数の新聞記事で特集されています。2008年12月27日、河北新報が廣井先生についての記事を掲載しました。以下のリンクでアクセスできます。

Click here for the original article: 記事はこちら

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Kahoku shinpō (December 27, 2008)

The new character of Akiu Craft Village: “Sendai Fortune” kokeshi

Nice to meet you. I’m a kokeshi who is proud of my smile.

Akiu Craft Village

Seven Artisans Compete with New  “Sendai Fortune” Products

The Akiu Craft Village of Akiu, Taihaku Ward, Sendai City will begin selling a new kokeshi this January called “Sendai Fortune.” It was so-named by the seven artisans of Akiu, who made it in the image of a woman calling upon luck. It is being sold as a new character made with a modern twist on traditional arts. The Sendai Luck ranges in size up to about 10 cm tall. They have kokeshi in the shape of smiling girls and based on the zodiac ox. Hiroi Michiaki (75) and the other artisans of the Craft Village made the doll to invite luck, modeling it on the wife of Fukusuke (god of luck).

When kokeshi-making began to feel as though it had hit a slump, Hiroi called on his artisan colleagues. By challenging one another, they aim to increase their technical skills and imbue their wooden products with a new appeal.

The Sendai Fortune kokeshi cost around 2,000-3,000 yen. This time they’ve made about 100 kokeshi, and the Craft Village opens up for sales from January 1-4, 10AM-4PM. In addition, there will be bamboo stilts (takeuma), wooden paddle games (hagoita), and traditional kites (surume tenbata) on sale.

According to Hiroi, “We want to create products that make people excited, and in the future, too, have the luck of Sendai active in many places through the Craft Village’s original character.” Hiroi’s contact information is 022 (398) 2770.

バテレン当て独楽

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バテレン当て独楽 (bateren ategoma)
priest roulette-style top

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バテレンがテーマの独楽。16世紀にカトリック教の宣教師が日本に来始めた際、キリシタンはポルトガル語のPadre(パードレ)から派生し、父・神父を意味する言葉であるバテレンと呼ばれた。宣教師が渡来した初期の頃である当時、日本に来たのはほとんどがポルトガルからのイエズス会修道士であった。廣井先生は16世紀のバテレンのひだ襟のフリルを大袈裟に表現し、ローマ数字を描いて当て独楽の土台にした。当て独楽は独楽遊びの一種である。独楽の軸を回すと、バテレンの長い鼻が土台にある数字に止まるようになっている。

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廣井道顕:うんと、これがね何だっけな。ええと何つったっけな。バテレン。うん。バテレンの当て独楽。ランディス先生にバテレンって何だかって聞いたっけ、分からないって言われたんだな。なんか昔あの、キリストの人をそう呼んだみたいですよね。

ポーラ・カーティス:はい。十六世紀。

廣井:あぁ、十六世紀。えぇ、そんな昔なんだ。ふうん

ポーラ:はい。十六・十七世紀。

廣井:あぁそんな古いのね。

ポーラ:はい。

廣井:でランディス先生分からないわけだな。へへへ。ああそうなんだ。その頃、のやつをこう、作ってたんだよねの当て独楽でゲームするやつね。

 

 

バテレン当て独楽 (priest roulette-style top)

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バテレン当て独楽 (bateren ategoma)
priest roulette-style top

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This top depicts a priest. When Catholic missionaries began to enter Japan in the sixteenth century, they were known as bateren バテレン, a word that comes from Portuguese padre, “father.” Most of the first missionaries entering Japan during this time were Portuguese Jesuits. Here, Hiroi-sensei has depicted a sixteenth-century priest with exaggerated frills at his neck to form the base of the roulette-style top, which features Roman numerals. A roulette-style top is a kind of game. Someone spins the handle at the top, and the priest’s long nose lands on the winning number on the base.

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Hiroi Michiaki: Umm what was this? What is it called? A bateren [priest]. Yeah. It’s a bateren roulette-style top. I asked Landis-sensei what a bateren was, and she said she didn’t know. It’s sort of what Christians used to be called in the past.

Paula Curtis: Yes. In the sixteenth century.

Hiroi: Ahh, the sixteenth century. That long ago? Hmm…

Paula: Yeah, in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

Hiroi: Ohhh it’s that old?

Paula: Yeah.

Hiroi: Then Landis-sensei wouldn’t know, huh? Heh heh heh. Ahh I see. It’s someone from that time period, and I made a roulette-style top game from it.