The caption for this illustration reads: Utamaro: Midorigi of Wakamatsu-ya on parade. Kitagawa Utamaro was a Japanese artist. He was considered a master at making ukiyo-e woodblock prints and paintings. He was especially regarded for his depiction of graceful women and also his bijin okubi-e. The latter were pictures of beautiful women that he drew with large heads. He lived 1754-1806. Here the courtesan Midorigi promenades under a flowering sakura (cherry tree) with her two kamuro (young girls who would become courtesans) and two shinzo (girls who had just become courtesans). Four shinzo are

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The caption for this illustration reads: Utamaro: Midorigi of Wakamatsu-ya on parade. Kitagawa Utamaro was a Japanese artist. He was considered a master at making ukiyo-e woodblock prints and paintings. He was especially regarded for his depiction of graceful women and also his bijin okubi-e. The latter were pictures of beautiful women that he drew with large heads. He lived 1754-1806. Here the courtesan Midorigi promenades under a flowering sakura (cherry tree) with her two kamuro (young girls who would become courtesans) and two shinzo (girls who had just become courtesans). Four shinzo are mentioned at top corner in inscription. The two kamuro and Midorigi wear the same kimono, decorated with herons. The two shinzo wear the same kimono. The three elder courtesans have the mark of the green house (green flower) on their shoulders and sleeves.