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Edo Pop Swaps: Harbor Hostess

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    Totoya Hokkei, Courtesan Looking at a Foreign Ship (detail), 1818–44

 

Hey, sailor! As you can see, I’m the loveliest courtesan in Nagasaki’s pleasure quarters. My favorite customers are Chinese and Dutch seamen, who ply Japan’s only international port. I’m one of the few locals allowed to visit their “foreign” quarters. Lucky me!

LIKES
Foreigners
Back-stage passes
Love’s universal language

DISLIKES
Shoes
Puddles
Simplicity

Stop by the MIA the week of November 27 to pick up your Harbor Hostess trading card. Collect a free new card each week of the “Edo Pop: The Graphic Impact of Japanese Prints” exhibition. Or buy the complete set at the Museum Shop.

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