Mail runner with tattoos(1)
[ID] 822  ( ID:822 )
[Photographer] unknown
[Place] unknown
[Date] unknown
[Color] color
[Size] 196x257
[Cabinet] 18-4-0
[Keyword] transport
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The hikyaku (courier) developed as a means of communication in the Edo era. According to the rank of the person using the hikyaku, there were "tsugi hikyaku ", "daimyo hikyaku" and "machi hikyaku ". The tattoo was a popular symbol of virility in the Edo era. Running naked, the hikyaku was proud of the tattoo which he wore instead of a coat.