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Tsukioka Yoshitoshi, 1839-1892
Tokyo Restaurants and Their Very Beautiful Dishes: The Kurumaya Restaurant at Shiba Shinmei
(Tokyo ryori sukoburu beppin: Kurumaya, Shiba Shinmei)
signed oju Yoshitoshi hitsu, kyogo (with the assistance of) Toshimaro, with publisher's seal Shiba Marujinpachi (Maruya Jinpachi of Tokokudo), and censor and date seal Hitsuji-kyu, aratame (year of the goat , 9th lunar month)
oban tate-e 14 1/4 by 9 5/8 in., 36.1 by 24.3 cm
The beauty is identified as Toku of the Takeya.
While by the 1870s, restaurants had long featured prominently in everyday lives of cosmopolitan Japanese society, it wasn't until the mid-18th century that Edo featured any food service businesses other than simple tea houses. The beginning of the 19th century saw a huge increase in the number of restaurants, and it was soon commonly said that in Edo "every five paces, one finds a large building; every ten paces, one finds a stately one-each serving food and drink." This was particularly true along the Sumida River, where restaurants had easy access to a supply of both fresh fish and the customers of the unlicensed geisha who operated in the nearby Fukagawa district.
Keyes 1983, p. 394, no. 274.5
Nishiyama 1997, pp. 164-169
MFA, Boston, accession no. 11.39848