Fuchu


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
2014.13.21

Label
Fuchū was the capital of Suruga Province during the Tokugawa period. Like many cities, Fuchū had a designated entertainment district filled with teahouses, restaurants, theaters and brothels where residents and visitors could indulge in various sensual pleasures. This print depicts Yaji and Kita arriving on horseback at the gates of Fuchū’s entertainment district, called the Abekawa-cho because it was located beside the Abekawa River. In the novel, Yaji and Kita visit a brothel in the Abekawa-cho where they witness a humorous quarrel between a prostitute and one of her regular customers.

Object Type
Print