mg0172-Yoshitoshi The Hashimoto Restaurant at Yanagi Island-japanese-woodblock-print

Yoshitoshi: The Hashimoto Restaurant at Yanagi Island

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Tsukioka Yoshitoshi 

Specialties of Restaurants in the Imperial City / The Hashimoto restaurant at Yanagi Island. (皇都会席別品競 柳島 橋本) The title in the original Japanese seems to have a number of potential double meanings which are difficult to capture in English. kaiseki means 'meeting place', 'party', 'restaurant dinner', etc.; beppin is a somewhat vulgar word meaning 'beautiful woman'; and kurabe means 'competition' or 'auction'. So one plausible translation is 'Competition between beautiful women at restaurants'.

The prints in this series are collaborations between Yoshitoshi and various of his students, including:

  • Utagawa Toshimasa (fl. ca. mid-1890s)
  • Yamazaki Toshinobu (1857-1886)
  • Arai Toshiyuki (1863-1941)

Date: 1878

Publisher: Kobayashi Tetsujirō

Condition: Good color and impression, not backed.