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


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  
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  
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
ryō cool air Cool of the evening
tsuki moon  
mi(ru) see Moon viewing
ma beach  
bi play Playing at the beach
miya shrine  
te to flutter about Fluttering near a shrine
yuki snow  
mi(ru) see Snow viewing


Provenance: Yagiya Bobongua store

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