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Temporary Quarters in the Southeast for the Pleasure Village of Flowers (Hana no irozato tatsumi no karitaku): Actors Ichimura Kakitsu IV as a Local Youth (L), Sawamura Tanosuke III as a Courtesan (C), and Kawarazaki Gonjûrô I as a Customer

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The title refers to the temporary transfer of the Yoshiwara to Fukagawa after a fire in the first month of the year. Three prominent actors, who did not actually perform together that year, are shown in an imaginary street scene in the relocated pleasure quarter.


Kunichika ga (on each sheet) 国周画


Censor's seal: Rat 3 aratame Blockcutter's mark: Hori Ushi


By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850–d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 19, 2005) NOTES: [1] Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, 1864 (Bunkyû 4/Genji 1), 3rd month

Catalogue Raisonné

Iwakiri et al., Edo no eiyû II (2010), #92


Vertical ôban triptych

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Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper