Childrenĺs Games for the Five Elements

(Kodomo asobi go-gy˘, 子供遊五行)

Publisher: Ezaki-ya Tatsuz˘

c. 1840

 

This series is listed as number 65 in Kuniyoshi by Basil William Robinson (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1961).á The prints are each about 14 by 10 inches (36 by 25 centimeters), a size known as ˘ban.

 

Kuniyoshi - Children's Games for the 5 Elements (R65), Water (midzu)

 

Title: Water (Midzu, )

Description: Children playing with a tub of water

 

Kuniyoshi - Children's Games for the 5 Elements (R65), Metal (kane)

 

Title: Metal (Kane, )

Description: Children playing with tops

 

NOTE: The tip and spindle of Edo period tops were usually made from metal, even though the body was made of wood.

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Title: Earth (Tsuchi, )

Description:

 

 

 

Title: Fire (Hi, )

Description: Children with a paper lantern (andon)

 

Title: Wood (Ki, )

Description: Three children with dollsĺ palace

 

I am grateful to Robert Pryor for this image.

 

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