Japanese Print Description
Signed: Ichiyusai Yoshitsuya
Very good impression. A few pinholes and slight overall soiling. Rare.
Before the Japanese had even seen camels they had read about and fantasized about them through Chinese literature. The camel was accorded a status much like the unicorn had in medieval Christendom. References about camels occur frequently in erotica. (Japanese for camel is “rakuda” and “raku da” means “feel comfy”.)
The Japanese people would see their first camels when the Dutch East Company brought a pair of dromedaries into Japan where they were exhibited throughout the land.