Forty-eight Habits of the Floating World

(Ukiyo shi-ju-hachi kuse, 浮世四十八癖)

Publisher: Kazusa-ya Iwaz˘

c. 1846

 

This series is listed as number 143 in Kuniyoshi by Basil William Robinson (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1961).á The prints are each about 14 by 10 inches (36 by 25 centimeters), a size known as ˘ban.á I am grateful to Robert Pryor for assisting with this section.

 

 

Title: The Habit of Going Out to Visit [Shrines] (Monomairi ni deru kuse, 物参りに出るくせ)

Description: Standing woman with umbrella and other objects on ground

 

 

This is a later print from worn woodblocks.á

 

 

Title: The Habit of Listening to Stories (Hanashi o kiki ta garu kuse, はなしをきゝたがるくせ)

Description: Woman seated on the ground holding a long pipe

 

 

Another state of the above design

 

 

An additional state

 

Title: The Habit of Going to the Bath (Yu ewa iru kuse, 湯へは入ルくせ)

Description: Standing woman with a towel on her shoulder carrying a heavy robe

 

 

 

Title: The Habit of Laughing at Trifles (Tsumaranu koto o warau kuse, つまらぬ事を笑うくせ)

Description: Standing woman laughing with her hand covering her mouth

 

 

A later and simplified edition of the above print

 

Title: The habit of chewing on toothpicks (Kanboku o kuu kuse, かんぼくをくふくせ)

Description: Standing woman with a toothpick in her mouth

 

I am grateful to Dan McKee for information about this print.

 

 

 

A later and simplified edition of the above print

 

Title: The Habit of Encouraging (Susumeru kuse, すゝめるくせ)

Description: Kneeling woman offering more sake

 

Image courtesy of Kate Zotova

 

 

 

Another state of the above design

 

Title: The Habit of Working (Shigoto o suru kuse, 仕事をするくせ)

Description: Beauty taking a break while sewing a kimono)

 

Image courtesy of Kate Zotova

 

 

 

A later and simplified edition of the above print

 

Another state with light blue

 

Title: The Habit of Reading Books (Hon o miru kuse, 本を見るくせ)

Description: Two women reading books

 

 

Another state of the above design

 

Title:

Description: A young woman on the engawa of her house using a hand-mirror to adjust her make-up

 

I am grateful to Ward Pieters for locating this image.

 

Title: The Habit of Taking Care (Sewa o suru kuse, せハをするくせ)

Description: Standing woman with towel over her shouldder

 

 

 

Another state of the above design

 

Title:

Description: Standing woman adjusting her obi with scattered clothing

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