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Igirisu-kotoba osana etoki

Title: An Illustrated English Vocabulary for Children
Artist: Yoshitoyo (1830-1866)
Format: Woodblock print
Medium: Ink and color on paper
Dimensions: 37.4 x25.6 cm (14 11/16 x9 7/16 in.)
Source: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

Alternating phrases in Japanese (marked by circles at the top of each line) and English (marked by triangles) form the text of this print, which was published only about a year after the opening of Yokohama. It reads in part: "Watakushiis 'ai' [I]; Anata[you] is 'minisuteru' [minister]; Yoku oide nasareta is 'uerugoomu' [welcome]; Kochira e oagarinasai[literally, come this way] is 'komu woppu' [come up] …" Beneath the inscriptions are humorous pictures illustrating some of the phrases: at the upper right, two men bow greeting for "welcome"; a Western man kneels beside a Japanese courtesan for "come this way"; a woman bows before a man of high rank for "much obliged. [Adapted from Ann Yonemura, Yokohama: Prints from Nineteenth-Century Japan]

Visualizing Cultures image number: Y0112

Keywords: Westerners, foreign languages, United States, Great Britain

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