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[Palanquin porters in Kabuki play, Rohwer, Arkansas, 1944]

Muramoto, Walter [ bio ]

[Palanquin porters in Kabuki play, Rohwer, Arkansas, 1944]
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Rohwer, Ark., 1944


Gift of the Walter Muramoto Family


1 photographic print : b&w;

Two children dressed in Japanese costume as Palanquin porters stand in front of palanquin during a Kabuki performance at Rohwer concentration camp, Rohwer, Arkansas, 1944. Both porters wear leggings, sandals, loincloths, haragake (apron), obi, happi coats folded over obi, tesashi (elbow-length arm protector), and big white hachimaki over wigs. Porter on left wears makeup to appear like stubble on face; his arms are crossed and a pipe sticks out of the corner of his mouth. The porter on the right looks over at him while holding his pipe up in front of him. Two wooden staves lean against palanquin on ground between actors. Kanji, "En", on strip of fabric hanging on wrinkled fabric backdrop.

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