Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Kitagawa Utamaro, 1753–1806
The Niwaka Festival
1790
Woodblock color print
H: 38; W: 25.5 cm
The Jacob Pins Collection in the Israel Museum
Accession number: B01.0506
 
 
The Niwaka Festival takes place every autumn in the Yoshiwara Pleasure Quarter in Tokyo. Male and female geishas in fanciful costumes parade in colorful processions along the main streets, or sit on elaborate travelling floats. This print shows three women dressed up as a puppeteer, a washerwoman, and a young nobleman.

Publications:
The Jacob Pins Collection: Japanese Prints, Paintings, and Sculptures, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 1994

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir