Comparison of Modern Beauties for the Five Festivals

(Tôsei bijin awase gosekku no uchi, 當盛美人合五節句の内)

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Chôzô

c. 1845


This series likens beautiful women to the five annual festivals, which are Jinjitsu (January 7) Feast of the Seven Herbs or Mankind’s Day; Johshi (March 3) Doll Festival or Girls’ Day; Tango (May 5) Boys’ Day; Tanabata (July 7) Star Festival or Seventh Night; and Choyo (September 9) The Chrysanthemum Festival.  This series likens contemporary beauties to different Festivals.  It is not listed in Kuniyoshi by Basil William Robinson (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1961). The prints are each about 14 by 10 inches (36 by 25 centimeters), a size known as ôban.


Title: Kiku no tsuki (菊月) Chrysanthemum Festival

Description: Beauty looking down at tray



Title: Tanabata (七夕) Star Festival or Seventh Night on July 7

Description: Beauty with bamboo



Title: Boys’ Day

Description: Beauty looking down at potted iris plant




Description: Beauty holding cat


“Robinson” indicates listing in Kuniyoshi by Basil William Robinson, 1961, Victoria and Albert Museum, London.