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Some farm children from Mashiko, visiting Sakuma’s establishment. Note the chapped cheeks of the girls– resulting from living in virtually unheated houses in the winter–especially in the war and Occupation period, before economic recovery. The children are wearing geta–wooden clogs–because of the mud.

Doing Photography and Social Research in the Allied Occupation of Japan, 1948-1951: A Personal and Professional Memoir by John W. Bennett

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