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Fuzoku Sanjuniso IV

By Yoshitoshi Taiso

Fuzoku Sanjuniso - Cool

Fuzoku Sanjuniso - Cool

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 23 to 32.

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.

Editions

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.

23 - Disagreeable: The Appearance of a Young Lady from Nagoya During the Ansei era (1854-1860)

Japanese title: nikurashiso ansei nenkan nagoyajo no fuzoku
Printed: 1888
Engraver: Wada hori Yu

24 - Cool: The Appearance of a Geisha in the Fifth or Sixth Year of Meiji (1872 or 1873)

Japanese title: suzushiso meiji goroku nen irai geigi no fuzoku
Printed: May 4, 1888
Engraver: Wada hori Yu

25 - Observant: The Appearance of a Kyoto Waitress in the Meiji Era

Japanese title: okigatsukiso meiji nenkan saikyo nakai no fuzoku
Printed: May 15, 1888
Engraver: horiku Yokichi

26 - Cute: The Appearance of a Housewife in the tenth year of Meiji

Japanese title: kawayurashiso meiji junen irai naishitsu no fuzoku
Printed: April 15, 1888
Engraver: Wada hori Yu

27 - Dark: The Appearance of a Wife During the Meiji Era

Japanese title: kuraso meiji nenkan saikun no fuzoku
Printed: March 13, 1888
Engraver: Wada koku

28 - Dangerous: The Appearance of a Contemporary Geisha of the Meiji Era

Japanese title: abunaso meiji nenkan toji geigi no fuzoku
Printed: May 1, 1888
Engraver: Wada hori Yu

29 - Shy: The Appearance of a Maiden of the Meiji Era

Japanese title: hazukashiso meiji nenkan musume no fuzoku
Printed: November, 1888
Engraver: hori Yu

30 - Drowsy: The Appearance of a Harlot of the Meiji Era

Japanese title: nemuso meiji nenkan shogi no fuzoku
Printed: April 10, 1888
Engraver: Yamamoto to

31 - Delighted: The Appearance of a Geisha Today, During the Meiji Era

Japanese title: ureshiso meiji nenkan tokon geigi no fuzoku
Printed: 1888
Engraver: Wada to

32 - Strolling: The Appearance of an Upper-Class Wife of the Meiji Era

Japanese title: sanpogashitaso meiji nenkan saikun no fuzoku
Printed: June 22, 1888
Engraver: horiko Wada to

Literature source used for this overview of Fuzoku sanjuniso

Dieter WanczuraAuthor: Dieter Wanczura