Now I'm reading "Living in a Coal Mine....Sakubei Yamamoto Collection", I borrowed from the city library.
Coal mining paintings of Sakubei Yamamoto was registered as UNESCO's Memory of the World heritage last year. It is a collection of about 700 annotated paintings and diaries of Japanese artist Sakubei Yamamoto depicting the conditions of coal mines. This is the first work by a Japanese chosen for the Memory of the World heritage.
|a couple working together|
|they are selling sweets|
This picture shows a woman carrying a big container filled with coals. Women had to work in a coal mine with his husband, leaving small children at home. After the hard work, they had a lot of housework to finish. Men often gathered to drink and gamble. How tough and miserable people's lives, especially women's lives were! Yet they strongly lived their lives. This book shows the lowest people's lives without exaggeration, so it is very convincing.
|children looked happy to find something fun|