Kunichika, 36 Tokyo Restaurants Compared with Geishas 1

Toyohara Kunichika (1835-1900) Thirty-six Tokyo Restaurants Compared with Geishas (Tokyo Sanjuroku Kaiseki) #1, 1871. Oban.

This is from a series of prints made in 1871 comparing popular geisha with Tokyo restaurants. The square panel at top left shows either speciality dishes or views from the eatery. The panel on the right gives the name of the girl and the address. Each of the prints shows the identical textile pattern in the upper diagonal and delicately shaded floral or arboreal patterns in the left hand section.

This a very beautiful print; the woman is finely drawn and the piece is alive with colour, incident and embossing. In extremely good condition, the print is full size with margins, fine colour and excellent impression.

Published by Yorozu-ya Magobei.

38cm x 25cm.