Arts and Designs of Japan
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Artist Kunichika
Title Haru Asobi Shiki no Ei – Actors on a Spring outing to Azuma Bashi
Left to right: Onoe Kikugoro V, Nakamura Fukusuke III, and Ichikawa Danjuro IX
Date 1888
Publisher Enomoto Fujibei
Format Oban triptych (28" X 13 7/8")
Comment Burnished pattern on the green kimono
Azuma Bridge was the first metal bridge over the Sumida River. It was opened on December 9, 1887, and connected the pleasure quarter of Asakusa with a brewery on the other side of the river. The actors here are not in roles, they are just depicted as being out to enjoy the cherry blossoms.
Price $200.
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