Thirty-two Aspects of Customs and Manners

This series of 32 prints was published by Tsunashima Kamekichi in 1888. It depicts a chronological survey from the Kansei era (1789-1800) to the Meiji era (1860-1912) of women of different backgrounds and occupations, each associated with a particular mood or character trait. The word for 'Aspect' or 'Type' or 'Appearance' () had been famously used by earlier artists such as Utamaro and Kunisada. It was a technical term borrowed from physiognomists who analysed character on the basis of physical facial features. It could also mean 'flower', referring to bijin (female beauties).

Image["Looking in Pain"]

Looking in Pain

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Image["Looking Smoky"]

Looking Smoky

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Image["Looking Cool"]

Looking Cool

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Image["Enjoying a Stroll"]

Enjoying a Stroll

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