National Geographic : 1911 Nov
GLIMPSES OF JAPAN 975 A WAYSIDE TEA HOUSE Tea houses in Japan are most welcome and opportune resting places in the day's journey. Visitors are usually served by young women, who not only fill the place of waitresses but are charming hostesses. At the wayside inn in the picture the old couple were most considerate of our comfort. NUNS SOLICITING ALMS In the right hand of each nun is a little hammer, which is used to strike the small metal gong attached to the belt to give notice of their approach, so that a person may be prepared to make a contribution. If the coin is forthcoming the nuns deposit it for the time being in the box hanging at their side.