Everyday Views of Japan

Everyday Views of Japan
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Genre scenes depicting life in Japan and the everyday activities of its people were popular with visitors and became common subjects in netsuke. Figures engaged in day-to-day pursuits gave a small glimpse into the lives of average Japanese men and women. Ordinary household workers, peddlers, laborers, entertainers, and others seen on the streets of Edo (Tokyo) were soon part of the netsuke carver’s repertoire. Depicted individually, in pairs, or in groups, some genre subjects could be quite complex and intricately carved, more akin to a okimono (decorative sculpture intended for display) than the wearable art of netsuke.

- Chris Drosse, LACMA, (2006)