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Tsukioka Yoshitoshi


Tokyo Restaurants and Their Very Beautiful Dishes: The Shoeitei Restaurant at Kubocho
(Tokyo ryori sukoburu beppin: Shoeitei, Kubocho)

signed oju Yoshitoshi hitsu, kyogo (with the assistance of) Toshimaro, with publisher's seal Shiba Marujinpachi (Maruya Jinpachi of Tokokudo), and combined censor and date seal Hitsuji-kyu, aratame (year of the goat [1871], 9th lunar month, examined)

oban tate-e 14 1/2 by 9 7/8 in., 36.9 by 25.2 cm

The woman kneeling at the far right is identified as the geisha Okiku of the Suzukiya, who is said to have been Yoshitoshi's lover at the time of the print's publication. To her right are Koman (?), Shima (or Koma) in the distance, and the waitress Sakatsu carrying a tray of food.

The series Tokyo Restaurants and their Very Beautiful Dishes (Tokyo ryori sukoburu beppin) depicts geisha and waitresses at popular restaurants in Tokyo. This was one of Yoshitoshi's few series dedicated to bijin, who are the 'Very Beautiful Dishes' of the title. Given Yoshitoshi's propensity for dynamic supernatural or violent subjects, it is perhaps not surprising that the stylistic departure of the elegant women and interiors toying with Western point perspective featured in this series were produced with the participation of several of his students.

Highlights of Japanese Printmaking: Part Five - Yoshitoshi, Scholten Japanese Art, New York, 2017, cat. no. 41

Roger Keyes, Courage and Silence, 1983, p. 122 (Okiku); p. 394, no. 274.8
Shinichi Segi, Yoshitoshi the Splendid Decadent, 1985, p. 42, no. 48
Philadelphia Museum of Art, accession no. 1978-129-218

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