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Maker(s):Kawakami Sumio
Culture:Japanese (1895-1972)
Title:Casino Fleuri, Asakusa Park (Asakusa koen Kajino Foeuri) from 'One Hundred Views of Modern Tokyo: Sosaku hanga (Shin Tokyo Hyakkei: sosaku hanga), third set, no.1
Date Made:June 22, 1930 (Showa 5)
Materials:woodblock print
Measurements:Sheet: 8 1/4 in x 10 1/2 in; 20.955 cm x 26.67 cm
Accession Number:  AC 2008.58
Credit Line:Purchase with Wise Fund for Fine Arts
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

Label Text:
The mood in Asakusa in the late 1920s and early 1930s was most often described as “erotic grotesque nonsense,” reflecting the focus on hedonistic pleasures that attracted visitors to the district. Representative of the establishments that attracted the crowds was the Casino Follies, the site of the first erotic reviews performed in the city. The casino was based on two Parisian revues: the Casino de Paris and the Folies Bergère. Author Kawabata Yasunari frequented the Casino Follies and drew upon it for his 1930 novel The Scarlet Gang of Asakusa.
SM 2012

text; nightclubs; performances; performing artists; darkrooms; light; pink; figures

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