Tokyo Restaurants and Their Very Beautiful Dishes: The Kinoeneya Restaurant at Asakusa
signed oju Yoshitoshi hitsu, kyogo (with the assistance of) Toshimaro, published by Shiba Marujin Ko (seal obstructed), and with combined censor and date seal obstructed, ca. 1871
oban tate-e 14 1/8 by 9 5/8 in., 36 by 24.5 cm
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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