In coal mines, miners used some typical phrases that were specific to their occupation.
Gametsuki, was a term for job hunting.
Tsubotuski, was a term for raising money.
Sakubeiis introducing these two terms giving his own unique translation in this picture.
In Japanese, the word Gamemeans, turtle.
Tsubomeans vase, and Tsuki means to stab something.
Therefore, he illustrated a turtle being stabbed to explain the term Gametsuki.
Miners would exchange greetings such as, “Hey, have you stabbed a nice turtle?”
When a new coal mine opened with many positions available and offered good working conditions, many miners desired a change as can be seen in this language that Sakubei introduces.