Artist: Yoshitoshi Tsukioka (1839-1892)
Title: ‘Niaisou’ – Koka nenkan kuruwa no geisha fuzoku (A Geisha of Koka era (1844-1848) Looking Suitable)
Series title: Fuzoku Sanjuniso (Thirty-two Aspects of Customs and Manners)
Publisher: Tsunashima Kamekichi
Dimensions: 23.9 x 35.6 cm
First edition print.
The geisha here is dressed like a fashionable young man. As Yoshitoshi indicates in the title, it becomes her – she looks bright and charming in her unusual garments. Her hair in arranged in a young man’s topknot style. The fan she holds is also a man’s, as it bears a character (‘nikawa’ – unexpectedly) rather than a flower or a picture.
An extra tone of grey has been applied with a wet brush to a special printing block and used to overprint the grey sky, giving an effect of light cloud through which the moon shines. This is missing from later impressions of the design.