Naniwaya Teahouse Waitress Okita, c. 1793

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Okita was a beautiful waitress at the Naniwaya tea-house near Asakusa Temple in the city of Edo. When Utamaro created this print of her, she would have been about fifteen years old. Utamaro also included a cartouche in the shape of a poem card in the upper left portion of the print with a poem by Katsura-no-Mayuzumi that further attests to the allure of Okita:

Resting at the tea-house in Naniwaya district,
Myriad as the reeds of Naniwa Bay
Art those who come running at the name of this shop
Each passerby has to stop.

Naniwaya Teahouse Waitress Okita
Artist Life
1753 - 1806
Accession Number
Curator Approved

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