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A woodcut in 43 colors from 37 blocks of laminated cherry wood carved by Motoharu Asaka. Printed by Satoshi Hishimura (Tokyo) and Keizo Sato assisted by Makoto Nakayama (Kyoto) on Echizen – Kizuki Hosho paper made by Ichibei Iwano, who bears the title National Living Treasure. Edition of 85 + 20 proofs. Sheet and image: 12 1/4 x 18 1/2 inches.
The tattooed woman opens, “Well, I’m going to start eating now.” She is countered with a query from the envious courtesan, “Are you really going to eat that Japanese noodle soup?” The tattooed woman replies, “Yes, I’m starved. I hope you don’t mind my slurping.” The courtesan demands, “How am I supposed to eat this? Should I just bite into it?”