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Bushū Yokohama hakkei no uchi: Michiyuki no enshō

Title: Eight Views of Yokohama in Bushū (Modern Musashi Province): Distant Bell of Michiyuki
Artist: Yoshitora (fl. ca. 1850-80)
Format: Woodblock print
Medium: Ink and color on paper
Dimensions: 36.5 x25.4 cm (14 3/8 x10 in.)
Source: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

Yoshitora's liberal interpretation of the Chinese theme "Eight Views" in this instance departs entirely from landscape and the traditional subject to which it alludes, referred to in China as "Evening Bell from a Distant Temple." The print presents a Kabuki performance viewed by an audience of Chinese merchants. At the far left a stangehand wearing a black hood holds a candle for illumination; other candles are set on the stage. The term michiyukihas various meanings in Japanese theater, where it generally refers to modes of travel, including elopement. [Adapted from Ann Yonemura, Yokohama: Prints from Nineteenth-Century Japan]

Visualizing Cultures image number: Y0120

Keywords: Chinese, entertainment, Kabuki, Yokohama, art influences from China

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