Tsuruya Kokei: (Outing in the Autumn Filed) - Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Artist: Tsuruya Kokei

Title: (Outing in the Autumn Filed)

Date: c. 1830-1844

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Source: Minneapolis Institute of Arts
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This print illustrates a young woman in an orange kimono on an outing, accompanied by her attendant who wears a simple striped kimono. The artist included many visual hints about the season. Rectangular wooden pieces called naruko hang from strings attached to bamboo poles. The wind causes them to rattle together, helping frighten the birds away while the rice is being harvested. The cricket that the attendant points toward, as well as the maple leaf pattern that adorns her mistress's kimono, are both associated with the autumn season. The white bag in the attendant's left hand is emblazoned with the characters okashi (confectionary) suggesting that they are about to have a picnic in the field.

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