Ukiyo-e|Japanese Art|Bijin to Otafuku

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Kaigetsudo Bijin-attendant-

Kaigetsudô Ando (1671-1743)

Bijin and attendant

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Yōshū Chikanobu
A woodblock print from the series by Yōshū Chikanobu (1838-1912) Very Beautiful Women (Shin Bijin), published by Akiyama Buemon, depicting a Japanese woman holding a fan in a flamenco position
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a woman with an otafuku on the left head and shoulders portrait Otafuku is a good luck charm

Bijin to otafuku

a woman with an otafuku on the left head and shoulders portrait Otafuku is a good luck charm

Author n/a Japanese fine prints, pre-1915

‘Otafuku’ (=Okame) as an iconic face of homely and cheery Japanese woman who brings many happiness.

Why Otafuku is ugly? Otafuku is often associated with Ame no Uzume no Mikoto, who is well known for her beauty and grace.

As far as I know, Otafuku is disguised Ame no Uzume.
Ame no Uzume is goddess of dawn, mirth and revelry in the Shinto religion of Japan, and the wife of fellow-god Sarutahiko Ōkami.

She famously relates to the tale of the missing sun deity, Amaterasu Omikami.

Ameno Uzume disguised herself so as not to be noticeable and to carry out her duties.

Good luck to You!




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