Meiji prints


  Design: Mizuno Toshikata (1866-1908)  
  Print title: Title page/Table of contents  
  Album/series title: Ima Yō Bijin (Modern style beauties)  
  Size: 20.9 x 30.3 cm (ōban)  
  Original woodblock print    
  Photography: Jacques Commandeur
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Toshikata Table of contents

Enlargement


Special effects: silver metallic pigments on the silver flowers; embossed (kara-zuri) water lines.

This print displays the title and table of contents of the Ima Yō Bijin album, including the titles of the twelve prints.

Series title and table of contents (from right to left):

Character Reading Meaning Translation
       
ima now  
manner  
bi beautiful  
jin person Modern style beauties
moku eye  
roku record Index
       
o honorouble prefix  
iwai celebration  
gi ceremony Celebration ceremony
       
kan view  
bai Chinese plum Plum blossom viewing
       
sono garden  
asobu play  
kai party Garden play party
       
huji wisteria  
na    
mi wave Wisteria wave
       
shō iris  
bu cattail Japanese irises
       
sono garden  
gei craft  
kai party Gardening party
       
Gi fork in road  
fu hill  
chyō carry in hand  
chin light Gifu paper lantern
       
settlement  
ryō cool air Cool of the evening
       
tsuki moon  
mi(ru) see Moon viewing
       
ha    
ma beach  
a    
so    
bi play Playing at the beach
       
miya shrine  
ma    
u    
te to flutter about Fluttering near a shrine
       
yuki snow  
mi(ru) see Snow viewing

References


Provenance: Yagiya Bobongua store

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