Saturday, September 18, 2010
Soja is a small town at the western edge of the Kibi Plain in southern Okayama. The local history museum is housed in the only remaining Meiji Period western-style building left in the town.
Like virtually every other local history museum in Japan they have an exhibit of clothing made from rice straw.
The bulk of the exhibits however are rather unusual and focus on the local industry, travelling salesmen of medicines.......
Anyone interested in Meiji or Taisho era graphic design would be pleased. These were door-to-door salesmen selling what we might call first aid kits.
They also had a few nice wooden masks.
Before we left the curator gave us some free gifts...... paper balloons "kami fusen". These were the free gifts that the salesmen carried to give away to kids.
He also gave us a detailed map of the area around the Kibi Bike Path that was in English and far more detailed than the map given us by the bike rental shop.