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Ryōgoku bridge with figures in the foreground

Glossary (2)

nishiki-e, vegetable pigments

  • nishiki-e

    Nishiki-e literally means 'brocade pictures' and refers to multi-coloured woodblock prints.

  • vegetable pigments

    Vegetable pigments were used to create coloured dyes for Japanese prints, paintings, and textiles. These pigments often faded over time due to the chemical reactions they underwent.


    • currently in research collection

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  • Beauties of the Four Seasons by Mitsuko Watanabe

    Beauties of the Four Seasons

    The Ryōgoku bridge in Edo was a place well-known for its firework displays. The many tea shops around it made for a lively atmosphere. In the foreground, women are busily attending to their own activities. One woman is holding a parasol while the centre print shows two women and two children looking at two dogs playing. One of the women on the left print is holding a fan and wearing an agebōshi (white hood worn by members of high society when going out). Groups of people are walking across the bridge, including a high ranking samurai riding a horse, wearing a straw hat, and escorted by further samurai. In the background, boats are floating by in what is thought to be a hot summer’s day.

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