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'Ejiko' (basket cradle)
H0011122
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Why this is a
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Chosen and explained by Nanami SUZUKI "Looking at How Children Were Raised". I know that 'Ejiko' (Cradle) has been used in various regions in Japan, although its naming, composition and shape differ from one area to another. Consequently I always look for Ejiko when I visit museums around the country. Ejiko is the name of a cradle, used when a baby’s parents worked in the fields. Some people have criticized Ejiko as a sanitary hazard, and believed parents did not watch their baby carefully when using it. However, by using Ejiko, parents could stay near their baby and keep their baby safe even while busy working. By learning more about Ejiko, we can develop our understanding of parenting and lifestyles.

History of the Object
Changes in the concepts and practices surrounding childbirth and child-rearing are reflected in a variety of ways. We can see this in the material objects used to raise children, and the stories behind them.

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Type
Other 
Materials
wood 
Measurements
Width 59 cm. Height 38 cm. Length 53 cm.  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Ajigasawa town, Nishitsugaru, Aomori, Japan 
Geography
Japan 
Time period
AD 20th century ~ AD 20th century 
Creation date
20th Century; 1946 
Function
cradle 
Acquisition
Collected in 1977 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
National Museum of Ethnology, Japan (Minpaku) 
Museum
National Museum of Ethnology 
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