Poppen o fuku musume (Young lady blowing on a poppin) -Utamaro
Poppen o fuku musume (Young lady blowing on a poppin). From the series of
Fujin Sōgaku Jittai and Fujo Ninsō Juppin
Ukiyo-e print shows a young woman, half-length portrait, turned to the left, blowing into a toy. Color woodcut by Kitagawa Utamaro.
Popen o Fuku Musume
In Popen o Fuku Musume (ポペンを吹く娘, "Young woman blowing a poppen glass"), a young woman plays with a popena glass toy that changes sounds depending on whether the breath is blown or sucked through it; the change makes an onomatopoeic po–pen sound.
It was an exotic type of toy a sheltered girl from a respectable family could have innocent fun with; she is likely the daughter of a wealthy merchant family. To Japanese art historian Tadashi Kobayshi, "Utamaro has marvelously captured her just when she seems about to achieve a more mature, voluptuous beauty but has yet to lose the innocence and naïveté of childhood.