Seated courtesan being shown an ukiyo-e print


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    A young woman wearing a yukata shows a seated courtesan an ukiyo-e portrait of an oiran and a kamuro. The seated oiran holding a fan is wearing a tsuzumi namigashira (small drum with waves) patterned kimono over many layers to keep her warm and a mamu-usagi (a rabbit facing forward) and seigaiha (wave) patterned obi. The combination of rabbits and waves sometimes symbolized jū-go-ya (full moon) where the rabbit, represented the shape of the reflection of the moon in the water. This suggests the middle of autumn for the moon celebration. Possibly the portrait of the oiran is that of herself.

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