Single males in the mines who wandered from one coal mine to another with only the shirts on their back, stayed in a dormitory style room called an Oonaya.
In those days there was not much in the way of entertainment for the miners so they usually spent their holidays drinking or gambling.
From around 1895, rental book shops visited the coal mines, allowing miners to borrow books for 0.03 yen to 0.05 yen a week.
They mostly read historical stories.
After listening to this incredible story, many miners left their mines for Akizuki, and in this painting, the colliery personnel is blaming the woman for spreading such rumors.
Newspapers existed around 1900, but they were expensive costing 0.5 yen for a one month subscription.