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No.38 Dawn inside the Yoshiwara


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Cherry Blossoms in Yoshiwara District


Item code : DUC273

Artist Hiroshige Ando
Subject Landscapes
Series Famous Places of Edo
Publisher Yamadaya
Format Oban (Horizontal)
Size 36.8 x 24.1 cm
Date Edo (1615 - 1868)


Published in 1856

This print shows the Yoshiwara district during cherry blossom season. A popular courtesan and her entourage are passing underneath a flowering cherry tree alongside a number of passers-by, while occupants of tea houses are shown to be looking down onto the street from the surrounding balconies.

Observing the four seasons is integral to Japanese culture and the tradition of hanami (literary: flower viewing) is especially popular. When the cherry trees bloom the entire nation seems to organise pick-nicks to sit and enjoy the blossoms. 

The cherry blossoms in this print especially complement the appearance of the courtesan. probably with the intention to show that she is just as fragile and lovely as the flowers that symbolise the fleetingness of life.


Condition : Good       Impression : Very Good
(Back of print) Left margin restored. Stamp in bottom left corner. Some glue residue from previous mounting. A number of small holes restored along right margin.