Femme-Fatales - Dangerous & Seductive Women in Taisho and Showa-Era Literature

Yayoi Museum

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From the end of the Meiji era to the beginning of the Showa marked an appearance of "femme-fatales" in Japanese literature. Examples include the spirit in Kyoka Izumi's "The Holy Man of Mount Koya", the titular character in Junichiro Tanizaki's "Naomi", and Ms. Midorikawa in Edogawa Rampo's "Black Lizard". In pursuit of beauty, these women seduce and conquer their men using their allure, ultimately leading to their downfall and sometimes death, while in the process winning over the audience with their charisma. This exhibition displays about 400 illustrations from this era.

[Picture: Tachibana Sayume, "Tamamo-no-Mae", (Taisho-era)]

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Schedule

From 2013-04-04 To 2013-06-30
From 4/16 (Tues) to 5/6 (Mon) the exhibition is open continuously

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