Overnight snow in Yoshiwara
Eisen, Keisai; designer; Japanese artist, 1790-1848
circa 1824 circa 1826
Surimono. Colour print from woodblocks with metallic pigments and blind embossing (karazuri). Poet: Ryufutei Hanagaki. Date: mid 1820s.
given; 1937; Barron, E. Evelyn
The Yoshiwara entertainment quarter was built away from downtown Edo and was approached by a path on top of a dyke. In this print, a fashionably dressed Yoshiwara courtesan is watching her client leave early in the morning. He is being carried in a palanquin to downtown Edo along the path crossing the field. The poem reads: ‘Because of an overnight snowfall, her client, who had been pouting and sulking over drinks, stayed the night with her, and in the end their quarrel ended up in laughter, just as snow melts away into water.’ The pair of broom-like sticks set up beside a water barrel, depicted in the snow-covered fields, is one of the primitive fire-extinguishers used in Yoshiwara.
On the Margins of the City. 1999-10-06 - 1999-11-19
Organiser: University of Leeds, Leeds (Yorks.), England
Venue: The Brotherton Library, Leeds (Yorks.)
Object Number: P.241-1937
(Paintings, Drawings and Prints)
(record id: 182208; input: 2011-03-29; modified: 2017-03-15)