Old prints about hemp farming (large)
The floating world
Miasa village (Nagano prefecture)
Hemp in Gunma prefecture
Hemp in Tochigi prefecture
Hemp and sumo
Asa no ha
Other hemp images
The name of the pipe is derived from the word ksher of the Khmer language of Cambodia, a country where hemp has long been cultivated as a drug and is still sold in public market places today. Though some North Americans assume kiseru to be only usable for opium or hashish smoking, they are in fact very suitable for marijuana and use it very efficiently.
Kiseru were also used for tobacco, of course, though not originally in Cambodia. Some kiseru are sold as "fashion pipes" at o-miyage (souvenir) stalls in rural tourist locations.