Hey, Sankichi, what's in your lunch box?
What? Boiled beans?
It's not cropping field
you may not pick them
one by one.
Take a look at mine.
Everything I eat all the year
is something of fish.
In exchange, I stopped
Since it bring toothache always.
You are asking about this paste, aren't you?
It's something to watch,
it is Kinzanji Paste!
■From Big Edo Prints■
The population ration in Edo was; samurai, 10 : farmer, 81 :
merchant, 9. There was no freedom to choose one's occupation.
Job hunting / offering took place mostly in large cities like
Edo, Naniwa etc.
There was Kuchiiri-ya (scouting business) alias Kei-an (from
the name of person who made matches of marriage or job against
returns) already in early Edo. Job hunter took the opportunity
of interview by the employer with a recommendation card by a Kuchiiri-ya.
Kuchi-iri-ya functioned as a guarantor too, so that employers
could hire people with ease. The wage was settled by negotiation.
The jobs for women were waitresses, mistresses or playing girls,
for men were heavy labor like menservants, laborer and Hiyori-tori
(day laborer) etc..