Tokyo Restaurants and Their Very Beautiful Dishes: The Tagawaya Restaurant at Daion Temple
signed oju Yoshitoshi hitsu, kyogo (with the assistance of) Toshimaro, with combined censor and date seal Hitsuji-kyu, aratame (year of the goat , 9th lunar month, examined)
oban tate-e 14 by 9 3/8 in., 35.6 by 23.8 cm
The Tagawaya restaurant was located in front of the the Daion Temple, in present day Taito Ward. It was a popular destination for people returning from Yoshiwara, and had a tearoom and bathhouse in its gardens.
The series Tokyo Restaurants and their Very Beautiful Dishes (Tokyo ryori sukoburu beppin) depicts geisha and waitresses at popular restaurants in Tokyo. This was one of Yoshitoshi's few series dedicated to bijin, who are the 'Very Beautiful Dishes' of the title. Given Yoshitoshi's propensity for dynamic supernatural or violent subjects, it is perhaps not surprising that the stylistic departure of the elegant women and interiors toying with Western point perspective featured in this series were produced with the participation of several of his students.
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