Koikawa Shōzan 恋川笑山 (1821–1907)
The Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō
Japan, Edo period (1615–1868), c. 1840s–1870s
Woodblock print; ink and color on paper
Gift of James A. Michener, 1959
The text in this album by Koikawa Shōzan (1821–1907) is essentially a diary in which the artist calculates the amount of prostitution along the Tōkaidō highway. In this entry, he comments:
Totsuka Station. 600 prostitutes. I will arrive at Fujisawa station in two ri (approximately five miles). Ah, sleeping with a prostitute from Totsuka leaves you with a penis that feels like a bar used to prop open a window.
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