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Eguchi [The Courtesan of Eguchi as the Bodhisattva Fugen from the Noh play Eguchi], from A Series of Noh Plays for the Hanazono Club (Hanazono yōkyoku bantsuzuki)
Color woodcut, surimono with silver powder and embossing
20.9 x 18.4 cm
Collection of Joanna H. Schoff
This New Year’s print was commissioned by a group of poets who called themselves the “Flower Garden” Circle. The three poems on this print make light-hearted allusions to the Noh play Eguchi: in the first two by parodying the theme of the “temporary lodgings” Eguchi provides; in the third by alluding to the transformation of the Buddhist deity into a beautiful courtesan.
Photo: Richard Goodbody