Iroquo of the three big cities “Kyoto” by Okumura Masanobu

Iroquo of the three big cities Kyoto by Okumura Masanobu

In the life of the Japanese of this period, the “green neighborhoods” played a significant role, which was due to the special political situation in the country. Japan XVII-XIX centuries was in full sense a police state, all aspects of the social and personal life of the Japanese were strictly regulated.

In the atmosphere of “not freedom” a sort of “nobody’s land,” a place where the nature of communication, the form of behavior was not prescribed from above, where the townspeople, for the time being, could feel uninhibited and independent, became “green quarters.”

Here they came to the theater-kabuki performances, to make deals and, of course, to visit the tea houses, the inhabitants of which were famous not only for their beauty, but also for their education, refinement of taste, and graceful manners. Therefore, the genre of bidzing became the main one in Ukiye-e engraving. However, in the absence of “mass media” engraving, including bidzings, acted as a kind of mass media, in imperfect and, more often, in indirect form.

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (1 votes, average: 5.00 out of 5)