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The Yoshiwara pleasure district of Edo (old Tokyo) has often been immortalized in word and image for the exquisite carnal pleasures it offered.

It was also considered the center of Edo Period (1603-1867) cultural life. If anyone could be said to have put Yoshiwara on the map, it was the bookseller, publisher and visionary Tsutaya Juzaburo. The Suntory Museum of Art’s latest show in Tokyo, “Juzaburo, Publisher who discovered Utamaro and Sharaku,” celebrates this entrepreneur by bringing together more than 250 Edo Period artifacts, the vast majority being ukiyo-e woodblock prints with which Juzaburo made his name.

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