Art on Tuesday: Happy New Year!

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Kikukawa Eizan 菊川 英山 (1787–1867) painted this picture around 1840. It shows two Japanese ladies and a girl playing Hanetsuki on the New Year’s day. It is a game like badminton often played by females around New Year. The women are wearing high fashionable kimonos in multiple layers, colors and patterns with contrasting obis.

I wish you a very Happy New Year and hope you have a great time ahead in 2016!

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