japanese printW160xH220mm, Japan

This is an ukiyo-e print depicting a courtesan of  Yoshiwara playing a game of go (published 1910s)

In the Edo period, the Yoshiwara area (now the modern Asakusa of  Tokyo) was the only district of pleasure that was licensed.  Unlike other red light districts in the world, courtesans are trained to be cultured, to be the ideal companion; waka poetry, the game of go, chess, playing cards, calligraphy, ikebana, tea ceremony, incense ceremony and other things.

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