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  • Thumbnail for Food vendors offer their ancestors help
    Food vendors offer their ancestors help

    The workers at this stand maintain a table of offerings.

  • Thumbnail for No Durians Allowed
    No Durians Allowed

    Durians are banned in Hawker Centers because of their strong smell, which some love and some hate.

  • Thumbnail for Ice cream to go
    Ice cream to go

    A traditional way of selling ice cream.

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    Street vendor

    A vendor prepares roasted chestnuts.

  • Thumbnail for Japan, 1951:  Vegetable plots within an urban setting
    Japan, 1951: Vegetable plots within an urban setting

    The dominant landscape in Japan is still rural. More than half of the arable land is given over to rice cultivation, and 90% of the laborers are farmers. But 84% of the land area is mountainous- which means that each acre of tillable land must support 3,400 persons. The comparable figure for China is 1,400 while for the U.S. it is only 270 persons. --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 his family and others.

  • Thumbnail for Japan, 1951:  Open air fruit and vegetable market
    Japan, 1951: Open air fruit and vegetable market

    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.

  • Thumbnail for Japan, 1951:  Harvesting seaweed
    Japan, 1951: Harvesting seaweed

    Seaweed gathered and dried before packaging, is a valuable article of food. It furnishes flavor, iodine and salt. --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 images for his family and others.

  • Thumbnail for Grocery Store Display:  Chilled Coffee and Tea
    Grocery Store Display: Chilled Coffee and Tea

    Chilled coffees and teas in a local shop.

  • Thumbnail for Grocery Store Display:  Kinoko
    Grocery Store Display: Kinoko

    Various roots, mushrooms, and vegetables.

  • Thumbnail for Grocery Store Display:  Drinks
    Grocery Store Display: Drinks

    A shelf of soda and juices.

  • Thumbnail for Grocery Store Display:  Cheeses, Close-up
    Grocery Store Display: Cheeses, Close-up

    A close-up of some cheeses in a Japanese grocery store.

  • Thumbnail for Goose-shaped pouring vessel
    Goose-shaped pouring vessel

    Pouring vessel shaped like a goose; dating to the Song dynasty but made to look like an ancient vessel. The bronze is inlaid with gold and silver. The goose's neck serves as the spout; the vessel also features a handle at the top to aid in pouring, and is supported by the goose's two legs.

  • Thumbnail for Grocery Store Display:  Purin with Sign
    Grocery Store Display: Purin with Sign

    Coffee Jelly, "Purin", and "Banana Purin", different types of jello in Japan.

  • Thumbnail for Candy Store Display:  Mochi
    Candy Store Display: Mochi

    Mochi (rice cakes) looking very delicious.

  • Thumbnail for Vending machine:  beverages
    Vending machine: beverages

    A vending machine offering hot and cold drinks in a subway station.

  • Thumbnail for Ocha
    Ocha

    A close-up of a tea vending machine.

  • Thumbnail for Vending machine:  ice cream
    Vending machine: ice cream

    Subway stations aren't safe from the presence of vending machines - even ice-cream vending machines.

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    Korean traditional food

    This is a display of some Korean food involving a cold noodle dish called chapchae, the drink is a traditional cold tea called sujungkwa, and there is a spicy thick rice cake dish called ddukboki. Seoul, South Korea.

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    Seoul nightlife

    This is a picture of the establishments that come to life in the night. We see that there is a bar/restaurant on the left, billiards and singing on the right, and a Starbucks coffee shop. This is what keeps Seoul entertained. Seoul, South Korea.

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    Gimbop preparation

    This everyday treat is a sheet of seaweed wrapped around rice, pieces of spam, egg, radish, and other various things as chosen by the eater.

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    Nam Dae Mun Market

    In the busy outdoor markets of Seoul one may find that though there are many shops, there is not a lot of variety. In order to survive as an establishment, one must do anything that it takes to reel in the customers. At this particular restaurant, they display their food outside so that a customer (foreigner) may know what they may want to buy in order to settle their stomachs. Seoul, South Korea.

  • Thumbnail for Namyun noodle dish
    Namyun noodle dish

    This is mild, sticky, cold noodle dish called Namyun. Seoul, South Korea.

  • Thumbnail for Mandugook
    Mandugook

    This is a dumpling soup called mandugook. Seoul, South Korea.

  • Thumbnail for Seafood market
    Seafood market

    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.

  • Thumbnail for Teapot with landscape image - closeup
    Teapot with landscape image - closeup

    This detail shows the haste with which this type of object was made in the swerving double lines at the top and the splashed ink trees on the right.