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[AC] Mead Art Museum at Amherst College; [HC] Hampshire College Art Gallery;
[HD] Historic Deerfield; [MH] Mount Holyoke College Art Museum; [MH SK] The Joseph Allen Skinner Museum at Mount Holyoke College; [SC] Smith College Museum of Art; [UM] University Museum of Contemporary Art at UMASS Amherst


Maker(s):Inoue Yasuji
Culture:Japanese (1864-1889)
Title:The Azuma Restaurant (Tokyo Koamicho Yoroibashidori Azumatei)
Date Made:1888 (Meiji 21)
Materials:woodblock print (oban tate-e triptych)
Measurements:Sheet: 14 3/4 in x 10 in; 37.465 cm x 25.4 cm
Accession Number:  AC 2008.47.1-3
Credit Line:Museum Purchase

Label Text:
Koami-chō is located near Nihonbashi in the central part of the Low City, which rapidly Westernized during the Meiji era. Inoue Yasuji depicts the stylish residents of the city gathering at the Azumatei, a French restaurant that offered wines, beers, and other spirits. Somewhat incongruously, the flag to the right advertises milk, another new Western beverage. In the background is the First National Bank, completed in 1871 but already looking out of place in the rapidly changing city.

streets; flags; figures; storefronts; national identity; animals; text

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