National Geographic : 1950 May
O National Geographic Society + Unlike the Mermaids, Farm Girls Swathe Themselves in Cloth These young women drying wheat wear the colorful "three-apron" costume of Ohara, twin town of his toric Yase (page 617) in the mountains near Kyoto. The long tight-legged pants, they say, are better than skirts for farm work. Koldachromes by J. Baylor Roberts + Launching a Fishing Boat Is Women's Work on Katakai's Smooth Beach Boats are skidded into the water on heavy wooden tracks. Male crews spread beach seines; then 100 to 120 women haul each net to shore. This Pacific coast of Honshu, within striking distance of Tokyo, was planned as an invasion beach before Japan's surrender.