[Japan]. 1930. Stock ID #170118
Attractive collection of 20 menus from the NYK liner S.S. Taiyo Maru's voyage from Japan to the USA in 1930.
The collection comprises seven breakfast menu cards each measuring 17.8 x 12cm attractively embossed with NYK Line's flag at upper left and silver or gilt edges, four colour lunch menu cards measuring 19.7 x 13.5 cm, embossed with a delightful view of Mount Fiji seen through a lifebuoy with seagulls in the foreground, eight letter cards printed as dinner menus measuring 19.5 x 26.5cm, and a farewell dinner menu 18 x 13.2cm.
One of the breakfast menus has a few Japanese handwritten characters in ink along the upper edge, suggesting a conversation between the Japanese passenger and a foreign companion at the table as the characters show three ways of writing Japan. Cards show some very light wear and occasional time toning but overall a delightful collection. This interesting collection of NYK Ocean Liner, Taiyo Maru, menus at the Second Saloon reflects life aboard ship in 1930 on the Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) Lines between Japan and the United States. This collection was apparently formed by a Japanese passenger who travelled second class from Japan to San Francisco between 27th of August and 6th of September in 1930.
The menu cards show that most of the dishes served are Western cuisine. Lunches began with soup and then were followed by fish, roast and cold meats for main course, variety of desserts, finishing with cheese and crackers and tea (green or Ceylon) and coffee. Curiously, a variety of curry was offered with rice for every lunch and dinner, possibly for Indian passengers or Japanese travellers who were not familiar with Western food. The only other element of Japanese cooking was green tea, which was served for breakfast and lunch, but not for dinner. Both breakfast and lunch menus are embossed with NYK flags and a distinctively Japanese image of Mount Fuji through a lifebuoy was added to lunch cards. Each dinner menu, which doubles as both a menu and a letter card, is printed with differing beautiful motifs of Japanese birds, Mount Fuji, and Shinto shrines in Nara and Miyajima. On the reverse of the letter card a map shows NYK shipping routes. The format of the menu for the final dinner, the Sayonara dinner is a booklet style production with a ribbon tie. The upper cover shows a colour image of the Wisteria Maiden. This celebratory dinner was marked with a special menu, featuring roast Maryland Turkey with American dressing and cranberry sauce.
This charming collection evokes the atmosphere on the ship and care and attention that passengers would likely have received on their trip across the Pacific. (When referring to this item please quote stockid 170118).
Price: $450.00 AU