Japanese Culture 5 - SDGs Ecology in the Edo Period <Hagireya edition>

SDGs in the Edo Period <Hagireya edition> Mini-Knowledge of the Environment

The Edo period was from 1600 to 1868.

Hagireya was carrying a balance pole and selling used “hagire" on the streets of Edo (Tokyo) in the Edo period.

They bought used kimonos and yukatas from high society houses, untied or cut them, washed them, and sold only the best parts to make a business. Then they came to the tenement to sell them.

 Now that's what we call delivery style!

Tofu shops and shijimi shops were often sold by delivery.


It may have been an easier time for the wives of tenement houses in that they did not have to go shopping.


Housewives in the Edo period drew water from a well, washed clothes on a washboard, cooked rice with firewood...etc.

It can be inferred that such a system would have been created because it was a time when people spent a lot of effort and time on household chores.


The common people of the Edo period bought these “hagire”s and used them for various purposes.


For baby diapers, for kimono “tsugi-hagi” (patching), for dust cloths, and at the end, burn it to ashes.

Sell the ashes to people who come to buy them → Fertilizer for crops


The Edo period seems to have been an environmentally friendly era.


Although a trash can was provided in the corner of a tenement house, the only thing to throw away was... broken pieces of “setomono”(crockery).

It can be said that the Edo period was the ultimate, environmentally friendly era.