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Yokohama Miyozaki-kaku Gankirō ijin yūkyō no zu

Title: Picture of Foreigners' Revelry at the Gankirō in the Miyozaki Quarter of Yokohama
Artist: Yoshikazu (fl. ca. 1850-70)
Format: Woodblock print
Medium: Ink and color on paper
Dimensions: bantriptych: 36.4 x73.8 cm (14 5/16 x29 1/16 in.)
Source: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

Among the attractions of the Gankirō, the largest establishment in Miyozaki, was the so-called Fan Room decorated with fan paintings pasted to the walls. Shown near the upper right corner of this triptych, the Fan Room is the setting for a Western-style dinner party, where male patrons and Japanese hostesses are seated at a table with chairs. In the foreground a boisterous party has been under way for some time. Sitting on the floor in Japanese style, several foreign men enjoy food, sake served from ceramic bottles, and the companionship of Japanese women. To the left two geisha play the samisen as one of the foreign guests performs a dance. [Adapted from Ann Yonemura, Yokohama: Prints from Nineteenth-Century Japan]

Visualizing Cultures image number: Y0148

Keywords: Westerners, Chinese, Yokohama, alcohol, food, entertainment, entertainment district, musical instruments, courtesans, Miyozaki, geisha, Gankiro, "Five Nations," racial intermingling of Japanese and foreigners

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