This image and all others identified as ecasia000072 through ecasia000278, are scans of images from the James Thorp Collection, Earlham College. An explanation and description of the collection and its origin are included in the description of image I.D. ecasia000072, "Altar of Heaven at night, Beijing," the first Thorp image presented in this project collection.
A vegetable and fruit display, with prices listed. Oranges, persimmons, apples, grapes and peaches. --This was the description to accompany this image as written by Arthur O. Rinden, the photographer. His description, which he referred to as a "script", was to accompany a slide show of the images for family and others.
In order to participate in the Hachiman Festival Parade in Morioka, my group had to be outfitted in proper footwear, the Japanese geta (sandal). This store, besides selling Western-style sneakers and dress shoes also specialized in traditional footwear with shoes for everyone from parade participants to brides.
Chilled coffees and teas in a local shop.
Various roots, mushrooms, and vegetables.
The colonel gets into the spirit on Chldren's Day in Japan by dressing up samurai style.
A shelf of soda and juices.
A close-up of some cheeses in a Japanese grocery store.
The sign outside of the post-office, wearing a cap of snow.
Coffee Jelly, "Purin", and "Banana Purin", different types of jello in Japan.
Some people peruse the book selections at the store "And You"
Example prices at a flower shop .
Mochi (rice cakes) looking very delicious.
A close-up of a tea vending machine.
A beautiful kimono featuring a cherry blossom (sakura) pattern.
Beautiful fabrics on display for kimonos.
Primarily along the shores of Korea, there are rows upon rows of various stands selling all assortments of seafood. Each customer and can handpick which fish they want to take home to eat.
Craftsmen engages in the same sort of work usually have shops on the same street. On sliver street, artisans fashion trays, tea services, eating utensils, and delicate filigree jewelry from pure silverâ€¦Since the war brought the aluminum skins of airplanes there has sprung up an aluminum streetâ€¦
â€œThe shop fronts are open to the street, and are closed at night by putting boards in place. The family running the shop lives behind and over it in the same building.â€ 
â€œThere are also streets whose craftsmenâ€¦produce shoes, furniture, cotton goods, woolen cloth, silk embroideries, pewter, wood carvings, and pottery.â€ 
This is a photograph of a typical shopping arcade; such arcades are fairly common in Japanese cities. The arcade is three or four blocks long, is covered by the roof the entire length of the arcade, and, of course, is open only to foot traffic and bicycles. The variety of shops in the arcade is great and includes, in the instance of this specific arcade, the following shops, as well as others --hard ware store, fish market, fruit and vegetable shops, pharmacy / variety store, McDonald's restaurant, beauty shop, clothing stores, tea ware gallery, pachinko parlor, bread bakery shop, Mister Donut shop, and a 100-Yen store (a bargain store). [other images in this colletion will show some of these individual shops]
Japan, 'the workshop of the Orient,' produces quantities of pans, pails, and kettles of iron and aluminum. Such exports we once sold principally in the Orient, but now they are sent to Africa and Latin America --This was the description to accompany this image as written by Arthur O. Rinden, the photographer. His description, which he referred to as a "script", was to accompany a slide show of the images for family and others.
A variety of meats.
Although the Japanese don't traditionally like cheeses, more people eat cheese these days. This grocery store has an impressive selection although this is *just* a regular super market.
A beautiful door at a traditional Japanese bar