Antique Japanese hand colored photograph from a book "Japan" edited by Captain F. Brinkley (Irish, 1841-1912), published in 1897 by J.B. Millet Company, Boston; idyllic scene of village life of tea-pickers in Japan.
In the mounting of this print is the following: "Tea-Pickers. Tea is believed to have been introduced into Japan from China in 805 A.D. Though encouraged from the first by Imperial recommendations, tea-culture made little progress in Japan until the close of the twelfth century. In 1894 Japan exported fifty million pounds of tea, three fourths of which came to the United States. The home consumption is very large, as every native is a tea-drinker. The labor of picking this immense crop is performed largely by children."
Size: 7.25" h x 9.5" w