Features a woodblock print by well-known artist Toyohara Kunichika (1835--1900), dating from 1864
This lovely scene shows four beautiful courtesans dressed in expensive costumes in the Yoshiwara entertainment district of Old Tokyo
About the Author
Toyohara Kunichika (1835 - 1900) was a well-known ukiyo-e woodblock print artist in Japan. As a teenager he began studying under Tokyo's leading print-maker, Utagawa Kunisada. He was successful throughout the Edo period (1603 - 1867) and the Meiji Era (1868 - 1912). He most often painted beautiful women and contemporary social life, alongside some landscapes and historical scenes. He has historically been dismissed by Western art collectors, but a 2008 show at the Brooklyn Museum and resulting article in the New York Times led to a resurgent interest in Kunichika in the 21st century. The Tuttle Publishing Company was established in 1948 in Rutland, Vermont and Tokyo, Japan and is today regarded as a premier publisher and seller of books rooted in Asian culture, language and history. Since its founding in 1948, Tuttle has published more than 6,000 books and today maintains an active backlist of around 2,000 titles. Today, Tuttle publishes 150 new titles each year focusing on Asian languages, Asian food & cooking, gardening & flower arranging, crafts & origami, children's books, martial arts, Asian literature, games & graphic novels, Asian history & culture, health & fitness, self-help & Eastern religion, Asian art & collectibles, interior design & architecture, travel guides, maps, and business books. Tuttle products are available in printed formats as well as popular eBook formats.