Totsuka


Artist
Tamenobu Fujikawa (Japanese, active circa 1910-1920)
Date
1918
Medium
Woodblock print
Dimensions
Sheet : 9 9/16 x 14 in. (24.29 x 35.56 cm)
Credit Line
Hope College Collection
Object Number
2014.13.7

Label
Yaji and Kita spend their first night on the road in the town of Totsuka. To deter the local prostitutes from propositioning them, the two travelers pretend to be a father and son who are looking for rooms in a reputable hostel. When they stop for tea at a shop in the center of town, Kita is distracted by the sight of beautiful women walking by on the street and slides to the end of their bench to get a better view. When Yaji stands up, the bench tips over and dumps Kita on the ground, calling attention to his leering looks and ruining the respectable image the pair had been trying to convey.

Object Type
Print