Art on Tuesday: Heron Maiden

heronmaidenFor today’s post I chose a picture of a Japanese woman dressed in a festival costume with an extraordinary nice headgear, painted by Kitagawa Utamarô 喜多川 歌麿 (1753 – 1806). It is an ukiyo e of his series An Array of Dancing Girls of the Present Day.

The girl wears a hat with cherry blossoms and a peony on top, a kimono with a flowing water pattern and flower emblems. She is holding a fan in each hand.

Art on Tuesday: Magic Lantern


Female Amusements of the Five Festivals by the Japanese painter Kitagawa Utamarô (1753 – 1806), one of the great masters of ukiyo- e in the Edo period. This picture was made in 1806. It shows a  wooden magic lantern. These Utsushi-e  写し絵  became very popular in the 19th century, after they have been imported by Dutch Christian missionaries and modified by Japanese artists.

Art on Tuesday: Best Wishes for the New Year

This ukiyo-e by Kitagawa Utamaro 喜多川 歌麿 (1753- 1806) is about hatsu yume, the first dream of the New Year. It is a good sign, if you dream of one of the following three items:  ichi-fuji, ni-taka, san-nasubi, that is:  first about Mount Fuji, second about a hawk and third about an eggplant. If you have one of these auspicious dreams, you will have a good year!

Thank you for the pleasure of your friendship and goodwill during the past year. I wish you a wonderful holiday season and a New Year full of happiness and prosperity.