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Black-lacquered Steamer

Updated: Dec 7, 2022

 This bowl-shaped container is 30 centimeters wide and 24 centimeters high. It is similar to the food containers (jikirō 食籠 literally meaning “food basket”) used at tea ceremonies. The exact same container was also used in central Kanagawa Prefecture as a container for sekihan (赤飯) (red rice) for gifts,– and was also referred to as daikai (ダイカイ).


 It is thought that this container was used in Adachi ward, Tōkyō until the early Shōwa era (1926–1989). However, there is no information on its name and details for its usage available today, as very few people owned it. This container was reportedly passed down within the Hibiya Family and was still in use until the early Shōwa era. There are some other objects passed down within old houses in Adachi ward and are now entrusted to the Adachi City Museum, Tōkyō.

All Japanese names in this translation follow the Japanese order: surname-name, and all Japanese names and words follow the Hepburn romanization method.

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