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Asakusa Rice Fields and Festival of Torinomachi [from series: One Hundred Famous Views of Edo] by Utagawa Hiroshige
Asakusa Rice Fields and Festival of Torinomachi [from series: One Hundred Famous Views of Edo] by Utagawa Hiroshige

Asakusa Rice Fields and Festival of Torinomachi [from series: One Hundred Famous Views of Edo], 1857

Utagawa Hiroshige

A tranquil cat looks out over the Yoshiwara pleasure quarters from the second story of a brothel. A courtesan's garments are casually arranged in the foreground. In the distance, a procession celebrating the Torinomachi Festival crosses the rice fields on the busiest day of the year. On this day, the brothel district was open to everyone, including ordinary women. It was also a monbi, one of the special days on which each courtesan was required by tradition to take a customer — or to pay the fee to the brothel owner if she failed.

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Los Angeles County Museum of Art
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