Meiji prints

  Design: Mizuno Toshikata (1866-1908)  
  Print title: Cool of the evening  
  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 Ima Yō Bijin: Viewing the full moon from a balcony


Special effects: embossed fabric printing (nuno-me-zuri) on the woman’s kimono.

Artist’s name in lower right of the print:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
mizu water  
no field Mizuno
toshi year  
kata person Toshikata

Series title and print number in light orange cartouche in right margin:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
ima now  
bi beautiful  
jin person Modern style beauties,
hachi eight print number eight

Printing and publishing date, and publisher’s address and name in lower left margin:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
mei light  
ji government Meiji era,
san three  
ichi one  
nen year the 31st year (= 1898),
nichi two  
gatsu month the 12th month (= December),
ka day the 10th day,
in stamp  
satsu print  
rin confront  
sha copy  
in stamp  
satsu print printed,
nen year the same year,
kon this  
getsu month this month,
ni two  
nichi day the 20th day,
hatsu emit  
ken at the same time  
hatsu emit  
sha person published.
kyō capital  
shi city Tokyo city,
ni sun  
hon origin  
hashi bridge  
ku district Nihonbashi district,
muro greenhouse  
machi quarter Muro quarter,
san three  
chō house block  
me count suffix 3rd house block,
kyū nine  
ban number  
chi earth, land number 9,
aki autumn  
yama mountain Akiyama
bu military  
u right  
ei protect  
mon gate Buemon


Provenance: Yagiya Bobongua store

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