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Fuzoku Sanjuniso Prints III

By Yoshitoshi Taiso

Fuzoku Sanjuniso - Tasty

Fuzoku Sanjuniso - Tasty

Fuzoku sanjuniso or 'Thirty-two Aspects of Customs and Manners' was one of the last series created by Yoshitoshi (1839-1892) and among his best and most popular ones.

On this page the print numbers 13 to 22.

Production and Publication

When Yoshitoshi created the series fuzoku sanjuniso his artistic creativity and his recognition as an artist had reached their peak. Yoshitoshi had experienced hard times of financial constraints and physical sufferings before he entered his forties.

The publisher of the series was Tsunashima Kamekichi, the engraver Wada Yu - with the exception of two prints. Each print has a long vertical cartouche in the right upper corner with the title of the series fuzoku sanjuniso and to the right a square box with the title of the design.

Each design contains the signature and seal of Yoshitoshi together with a square box with the publishing details and below another very small box with the engraver's name. All prints and all editions from the original block bear the same date Meiji 21, meaning 1888 in Western calendar.


The series was printed in several editions that can be identified not only by making guesses about the quality of the impression (later copies from the same block get poorer and poorer as the wooden blocks get worn off).

The first edition was printed with three diagonal colors in the cartouche. The second edition has only two colors in the cartouche. And the third edition has no identifiable cartouche colors at all. It is a plain brown-gray.

John Stevenson mentions another edition towards the end of the Meiji period (1912) from recut blocks. It can be well identified by the lack of the box with the publishing details.

13 - Inquisitive: The Appearance of a Maid of the Tempo Era (1830-1844)

Japanese title: mitaso tempo nenkan okosho no fuzoku
Printed: April 14, 1888
Engraver: not named

14 - Suitable: The Appearance of a Geisha of the Licensed Quarters in the Koka Era (1844-1848)

Japanese title: niaiso koka nenkan kuruwa no geisha fuzoku
Printed: April 24, 1888
Engraver: Wada hori Yu

15 - Waking up: The Appearance of a Girl of the Koka Era (1844-1848)

Japanese title: megasameso koka nenkan musume no fuzoku
Printed: March 22, 1888
Engraver: Wado to

16 - Itchy: The Appearance of a Kept Woman of the Kaei Era (1848-1854)

Japanese title: kayuso kaei nenkan kakoimono no fuzoku
Printed: September 16, 1888
Engraver: Wada hori Yu

17 - Tasty: The Appearance of a Prostitute During the Kaei Era (1848-1854)

Japanese title: mumaso kaei nenkan joro no fuzoku
Printed: March 3, 1888
Engraver: Wada koku

18 - Undecided: The Appearance of a Proprietress of the Kaei Era (1848-1854)

Japanese title: kaitaso kaei nenkan okamisan no fuzoku
Printed: 1888
Engraver: Wada hori Yu

19 - Expectant: The Appearance of a Fireman's Wife of the Kaei Era (1848-1854)

Japanese title: jikitsukiso kaei nenkan anego no fuzoku
Printed: February 12, 1888
Engraver: Wada hori Yu

20 - Enjoying Herself: The Appearance of a Teacher of the Kaei Era (1848-1854)

Japanese title: tanoshindeiso kaei nenkan shisho no fuzoku
Printed: November 3, 1888
Engraver: Wada to

21 - Eager: The Appearance of a Courtesan of the Kaei Era (1848-1854)

Japanese title: aitaso kaei oiran no fuzoku
Printed: October 15, 1888
Engraver: hori Yu

22 - Thirsty: The Appearance of a Town Geisha, a Bargirl in the Ansei Era (1854-1860)

Japanese title: nomitaso ansei nenkan machi geisha zoku ni shakunin no fuzoku
Printed: 1888
Engraver: hori Yu

Literature source used for this overview of Fuzoku sanjuniso

Dieter WanczuraAuthor: Dieter Wanczura