2007/05/05

Medicine (kusuri)

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Medicine bags (kusuri 薬袋)



Medicine sellers from Toyama 富山の薬売り




Toyama in the old Echigo province was famous for the medicine production before the modern area.
A lot of their medicine packs had a face of Daruma on it for good luck too.
Their sellers used to walk from home to home with their large backpacks and exchange the old unused medicine from last year to the new one. Most households kept a box with medicine for daily ailments. Toyama no kusuri uri, the medicine sellers, would keep their customers through many generations.

Lately, the medicine with Daruma has been revived and I have quite a few in my Daruma Museum.

. Tateyama Shinkō 立山信仰 Tateyama belief .


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The history of Toyama's medicine goes back 300 years. The museum stores and displays a number of materials on pharmacy such as historical documents.
Devices and free gifts that were used for patent-medicine business are displayed at the museum. It is located in the Folkcraft Village.
Toyama Medicine Sellers
Medicine of Toyama 富山のくすり

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Bag for Medicine, to be folded

From Takada seiyaku 高田製薬
For a cold medicine.

Width 39 cm, length 55 cm






(I got two bags as a present from a friend.)













source : ameblo.jp/ainagaki


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Some bags from my collection







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Chinese Medicine and Haiku
富山の薬売り

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消化剤入りだるま
I could not find a photo, but found a Daruma Pharmacy in Kobe.


名良だるま堂のコンセプトは「明るく優しく元気」。
CLICK for original LINK

創業は昭和6年(1931年)。神戸市灘区で1番歴史のある漢方薬局です。
source : 名良だるま堂薬局


More PHARMACIES called
Daruma Yakkyoku だるま薬局


ダルマ薬局 Daruma Pharmacy - photos

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. Food as Medicine (yakuzen 薬膳 ) .

. Medicine in the Edo Period .
and hokku by Matsuo Basho

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. Doing Business in Edo - 江戸の商売 .



kusuri-uri 薬売り selling all kinds of medicine
apart from the Toyama vendors.

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1 comment:

Gabi Greve - Darumapedia said...

isha 医者, ishi 医師 doctors in Edo
.