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Whirlpool (Uzumaki), vol. 1

Whirlpool (Uzumaki), vol. 1

(Japanese, 1864–1926)
(Japanese, 1878–1972)
Slipcase: 22.9 x 15.8 x 2.2 cm (9 x 6 1/4 x 7/8 in.); Book: 22.3 x 15.6 x 2 cm (8 3/4 x 6 1/8 x 13/16 in.); Frontispiece: 33.3 x 21.8 cm (13 1/8 x 8 9/16 in.)
Location: not on view

Did You Know?

The design of the kimono in the frontispiece set off a fashion trend.


The woodblock-printed image at the beginning of this book portrays Kazue, the heroine of the Osaka-set domestic drama Whirlpool. Originally printed as a serial in the Osaka Asahi Shinbun newspaper, the complete story by author Watanabe Katei (渡辺 霞亭, 1864–1926) was then printed as a set of four volumes, each with an illustration by Kaburaki Kiyokata of Kazue, her daughter, or the two of them together. In the same year, the story was made into a silent movie.
  • ?-2020
    Frederick and Tina Zwegat, Oberlin, OH, given to the Cleveland Museum of Art
    The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Modern Japan (Japanese art rotation) 235. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (October 14, 2022-June 18, 2023).
  • {{cite web|title=Whirlpool (Uzumaki), vol. 1|url=false|author=Watanabe Katei, Kaburaki Kiyokata|year=1913|access-date=03 March 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

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