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Sensual Kuniyoshi Print With Secret Encounter In a Restaurant

The famous Utagawa school artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861) was a fruitful designer of erotica. His work was made to the most painstaking standards of color-printing, and his focus was more on the lives of ordinary townspeople.

A Thousand Chores

A nice example of this is the four page fold-out design below that takes place in a Fukugawa restaurant near the harbour. The vast room is crowded with geishas going about a thousand chores among huge bags of laundry, carrying their instrument cases and trays laden with platters of food, some stepping towards the outside area, where a party can just be seen taking place.

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Assignation in the bedding cupboard of a Fukugawa restaurant‘ (c.1835) from the series ‘Hana goyomi (Flower Calendar)‘ by Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Picture by Tuyashun)

Tittle-Tattle

On the right, in a corner that is anything but screened off, a couple are making love lying on some sacks, while three geishas in the foreground exchange tittle-tattle about it. A young mysterious client wearing a hood (zukin) to conceal his identity, is looking for a female companion.

Mastery

It is Kuniyoshi’s mastery that leads our eyes from the crowded area on the left, slowly to the panel on the far right to the more quiet secret corner with the intimate couple.

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kuniyoshi print

Click HERE for more tantalizing designs of Kuniyoshi Calendar of Flower– series or HERE for another design taking place in a crowded area (a kabuki theatre)…!!!

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Billy

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Billy

on 8 March 2019

I enjoy your articles, and they are a good contribution to general knowledge of the subject. Let me know if you run across another copy of this one: A young wakashu kabuki actor and older male lover‘ (c.1838) from the series ‘Chinpen shinkeibai’ by Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861)

Marijn

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Marijn

on 8 March 2019

Thanks a lot for your feedback Billy, really appreciated! Will let you know if I come across another impression of that piece!

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