Yanebune on the Sumida River, c. 1910.

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“Sumidagawa at Tokyo”, c. 1910. Yanebune [lit. roofed boat] enjoyed their greatest popularity during the Edo era (1603-1868) but continued to ply the waters on the Sumida River into the 20th century. Yanebune were sometimes also called chochin-bune [lit. lantern boat].

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Ferry Boat (Yane-bune), Sumida River, Tokyo, c. 1911

“The citizen’s ideal of summer pleasure is to hire a yanebune (a boat having its middle part covered by a roof — yane — under which the pleasure-seekers sit), engage two or three geisha, and travel lazily upstream, with scull or sail, debarking at one of the many famous restaurants that line both banks of the river, whence he drifts home, after dinner, along the path of the moonbeams, merry, musical, and perhaps love-sick.”

Terry’s Japanese Empire, T. Phillip Terry, 1914

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