The Yoshiwara in Tokyo

Object Name
c. 1890
albumen print, hand painted
Credit Line
Malcolmson Collection. Gift of Harry and Ann Malcolmson in partnership with a private donor, 2014
Object Number
Not currently on display but Available for viewing on Wednesdays from 1-4:30 in the Prints and Drawings Study Centre


Overall: 20 × 26.3 cm (7 7/8 × 10 3/8 in.)
Mat: 40.7 × 35.6 cm (16 × 14 in.)

Signature, Inscriptions, and Markings

on recto of mount, typewritten label below print: THE YOSHIWARA IN TOKYO./ This section of the city is built within an enclosure having a single entrance, and is under the supervision/ of the municipal government. The streets are wide and well paved, and the houses are larger, costlier and of/ better construction than prevail throughtout the city outside. There are three such districts in Tokyo, the principal/ one having about 150 houses containing 3,000 inmates, and each of the others about half as many. There/ are similar institutions in every Japanese city, aggregating 18,000 houses containing about 25,000 inmates.


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