• A tea house waitress in front of an <i>oyasumi-dokoro</i> (御休所)  at the Sansha Daigongen (三社大権現) shrine
A tea house waitress in front of an <i>oyasumi-dokoro</i> (御休所)  at the Sansha Daigongen (三社大権現) shrine
A tea house waitress in front of an <i>oyasumi-dokoro</i> (御休所)  at the Sansha Daigongen (三社大権現) shrine

Katsukawa Shunkyoku (勝川春旭) (artist )

A tea house waitress in front of an oyasumi-dokoro (御休所) at the Sansha Daigongen (三社大権現) shrine

Print


ca 1790
4.5 in x 28.5 in (Overall dimensions) Japanese woodblock print
Signed: Katsukawa Shunkyoku
勝川春旭
British Museum
Ritsumeikan University - in black and white
New York Public Library - related print by Utamaro "A waitress serving at a tea-stall at the Sansha Daigongen shrine. The grounds of Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples were often filled with places of refreshment."
This is quoted directly from the British Museum's curatorial comments.
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Oyasumi-dokoro were roadside resting places, often outside tea stalls. Since teahouses were also places of assignation where men could hook up with women, it is no great stretch to think that tea stalls might have offered some of those same services.

There is an 1783 Utamaro print in the collection of the New York Public Library showing two young women paying special attention to an attractive young man in front of their tea stall. The Shunkyoku only shows the tea stall server, but by inference we know that it probably wasn't just tea she was offering.

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Illustrated in black and white in The Japanese Pillar Print by Jacob Pins, Robert G. Sawers Publishing, 1982, plate 1016, page 354.
pillar prints (hashira-e - 柱絵) (genre)
beautiful women (bijin-ga - 美人画) (genre)
Historical - Social - Ephemera (genre)