The camera with which these pictures were taken. My grandfather's 1949 Leica IIIc.
On the back of each slide my grandmother wrote a description. On some prints I add my comments under the description.
Back of house at Morioka - My grandmother, Marie Maclaughlin.
Our home in Morioka
Thatched roof house - This is more likely a temple
School scene Morioka Sports Day - The game is 玉入れ (tama ire) which means “enter or put the ball in”. Each team has a basket of balls on the ground to throw into another basket stuck to the top of a pole. They still play same game today on Sports Day.
School 1949 Morioka - My grandmother is on the right.
School scene in Morioka - My grandmother is in the middle.
Rice paddies at Ichinoseki
My grandfather took the previous two photos from the same spot just by moving the camera horizontally. This made it easy for me to stitch them into one picture.
Street scene in Morioka - The man is a story teller. He is showing pictures that illustrate the story he is telling. He makes his living selling candy to the kids. Of course he doesn't tell the entire story in one day.
Street in Morioka
City Hall in Morioka
Fruit store in Morioka
In front of our home in Morioka
Mt. Iwati Morioka
My grandfather took the previous two images from the same spot just by moving the camera vertically. This made it easy for me to stitch them into one picture.
Believe it or not by Ripply tree Morioka - Ishiwarizakura (The Rock-Splitting Cherry Tree) is an approximately 380-year-old cherry tree.
Store in Morioka
Street scene in Morioka
Morioka street - My grandmother, Marie Maclaughlin
Police box in Morioka
Honey cart in Morioka - “Honey” is a euphemism for human waste.
Black Market District Morioka
Japanese street scene festival
Morioka race track
Morioka race track
Morioka - My grandmother’s cook and maid.
Morioka Setsiko Izumi
Mr. & Mrs. Sato me - Mrs. Sato was my grandmother’s best friend while in Japan.
Millard in kimono - My grandfather
Little Japanese girl in kimono
Children in Kimonos