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Triptych of color woodblock prints
Each: 37.8 x 25.8 cm (14 7/8 x 10 3/16 in.)
Bequest of Edward L. Whittemore 1930.211
Nakanochō was the main street in Yoshiwara, a famous walled pleasure district that housed as many as 4,000 courtesans. In the early evening, elaborately dressed courtesans accompanied by attendants promenaded on the central thoroughfare, as in this scene. The open buildings with shop curtains hanging from their eaves are teahouses, establishments where men could arrange appointments with courtesans of the more prestigious brothels.
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