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Views of Yokohama Foreign Residences, 1861
Woodblock print on paper
14 11/16 x 30 3/16 in. (37.34 x 76.71 cm)


Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Credit Line: Purchased by the Aoki Endowment for Japanese Prints
Accession Number: 2021.1.25


Commentary
"Yokohama l'jin Yashiki no Zu" (Picture of the Residence of Foreigners in Yokohama). A snapshot of the life of foreigners in
Yokohama in the late 19th century. Interesting details of the cooking utensils and the stove in the kitchen, a chandelier and the
ethnic food on the dining table in the living room. A man is getting a haircut and beard care in a back room. One can see the
large "iron ships" in the harbor from the entrance of the mansion.
This design is in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
By the middle of the 19th century, Yokohama became the major port for overseas trading. Although their activities were
restricted in the small areas in Yokohama and Nagasaki, more foreigners visited Japan bringing some glimpse of the world
developing outside of Japan. Most of Japanese, including the artist, had never seen foreigners. The foreigners, the exotic
animals and the goods from overseas made popular subjects in ukiyo-e to entertain the curiosity of Japanese in the late Edo
era.

Marks
Signature Ichikawa Yoshikazu.

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