COLLECTOR’S CHOICE: A YOKOHAMA TRYPTICH, DEPICTING THE UNFAMILIAR – TAASA Review September 2022
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Jackie Menzies W ithin the extensive repertoire of Japanese ukiyo-e subjects, this engaging triptych of 1861 represents the genre of Yokohama-e (literally ‘pictures of Yokohama’) which focused on foreigners and their customs.
The vogue for Yokohama-e was intense but brief (1859-1862), as the Japanese sated their curiosity and confusion around early encounters with foreigners.
Production of Yokohama-e coincided with the opening of the port city of Yokohama to foreigners in 1859, shortly after the American Commodore Matthew Perry forced Japan to enter into trade relations with America and end its policy of seclusion (Sakoku) instituted in 1641...