Utagawa Kunisada

Secret meeting in the snow, 1823

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A romantic encounter takes place in a snowy landscape between Mrs Yoso'oi and Ninta with a portable noodle stand. The law stipulated that only male actors were allowed to act in Kabuki. Those specialised in female roles were called onnagata; they were considered to be »more female than women«, so well had they been trained. They wore a violet ribbon around the forehead to indicate they were playing a female part.

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