Made in Japan

It’s funny how things that you might think are plain and uninteresting seem to have the best stories.  This little donkey cart is a ceramic piece that I remember seeing in my grandmother’s kitchen when I was growing up. It always struck me as just a little knick-knack that she must have picked up somewhere and I never gave it much thought.

donkey-6980In my ongoing search for small stuff to photograph, I found this again and turned it over.  On the underside there is a stamp that says: Made in Occupied Japan.  This I found to be interesting so, I set it up to take a macro shot and started doing some internet research.

After World War II, from 1947-1952, Japan was occupied by American troops.  During this period, there were many items made in Japan for export.  Many of these were inexpensive novelties for dime stores like this donkey cart planter, while others were copies of European ceramic favorites.

While these items are considered collectible now, I’m sure that this one is not worth much except in terms of memories from my childhood.  Those, as I am sure you would agree, are priceless.

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/22 –  5.0 sec – ISO 200