Sake Set - Ceramic, Orange Blossom, Japan, 1950s Object Reg. No: HT 22214

This Japanese ceramic sake set was brought to Australia by Machiko Mizuta when she migrated as a war bride from Japan in 1952. Machiko met Douglas Bryce, an Australian army engineer, during his posting to Kure in occupied Japan in the late 1940s. They married in Australia in 1953 and encountered both acceptance and prejudice before settling in a war service home in Clayton. Machiko remained in Australia with her children after Douglas' death.

Japanese brides initially received five year temporary residency visas. Then in 1956 after extensive lobbying by the Country Women's Association and the Returned Services League the law was amended to allow them to become citizens. This change was part of a gradually whittling away of the remnants of the White Australia policy.
Ceramic sake carafe off white with orange floral design around the outside with an orange band at the neck and base of the carafe. The rim has a small pouring lip. Also four small sake cups in matching off-white and orange floral design.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr Charles Bryce, 2006
Discipline: History

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Tagged with: japanese communities, japanese immigration, weddings, drinking glasses, japanese culture, ceramics, cultural traditions
Themes this item is part of: Machiko Mizuta, Japanese Migrant, 1952, Domestic & Community Life Collection
Primary Classification: MIGRATION
Secondary Classification: Travel - Brought Goods
Tertiary Classification: food & drink preparation
Place & Date Made: Japan, by 1952
User: Mrs Machiko Mizuta, Victoria, Australia, circa 1950s
References: From Kimono to Sushi. The Japanese in Victoria, Immigration Museum Community Gallery room brochure, 2006 (Australia-Japan Research Project)

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