Wednesday, March 30, 1921: Calling for better treatment of retail employees

On Wednesday, March 30, 1921, an editorial calling for better treatment of retail employees appeared in the Tokyo Nichinichi Shimbun. While the labor movement was gaining momentum in the Taisho era and the treatment of factory workers was improving, the retail industry was still treated poorly as an extension of the old ways of apprenticeship. Many stores did not even have regulations on closing hours and days off, and long working hours were common. The above is an article from the Tokyo Nichinichi Shimbun, and it shows that even in the Taisho era, when the labor movement was in full swing, the retail industry was still largely the same as...


Monday, March 28, 1921: Dance Party at Teikoku Hotel

Monday, March 28, 1921, the Society for the Relief of the Mentally Ill held a charity ball to raise funds. Nobuko Hara, an opera singer, and other celebrities from various fields, as well as diplomat ladies from abroad, gathered at the Imperial Hotel and the event continued until midnight. According to Aisaku Hayashi, manager of the Imperial Hotel, Japanese women’s dancing skills have improved and are comparable to those of Westerners.


Saturday, March 26, 1921: Fire broke out in Shinjuku 3-chome

At 7:50 p.m. on Saturday, March 26, 1921, a fire broke out in Shinjuku 3-chome. Fanned by strong northwesterly winds, the fire spread for four hours in the darkness. The fire burned down 500 houses in the area and destroyed part of the Shinjuku Imperial Garden. In addition to temples, shrines, and other facilities in the area, including Taisho-ji Temple and Hanazono Shrine in Shinjuku 2-chome, the Shinjuku Imperial Garden opened its main gate to accommodate the victims.