Color woodblock print
Sheet: 24.5 x 18.2 cm (9 5/8 x 7 3/16 in.)
Bequest of Edward L. Whittemore 1930.174
During the eighth lunar month of each year the geisha of the pleasure quarters would form themselves into groups and proceed around the quarter performing dances and skits. It seems likely that woodblock prints featuring the Niwaka Festival were purchased as souvenirs of the occasion. The Binzasara is a ritual dance related to agriculture and fertility performed during the month of May. Agricultural deities are addressed by the use of flowered hats and binzasara clappers.
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