Swimming at Ōiso, Distant View of Mount Fuji

Utagawa (Baidō) Kokunimasa Japanese

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This triptych depicts the first Japanese beach for sea bathing, which opened to the public at Ōiso in Kanagawa Prefecture in August 1885. Although initially undertaken for health reasons, swimming in the sea as a recreational activity increased in popularity during the Meiji period. While some men and women continued to swim au naturel, women generally wore knitted woolen bathing suits.

Swimming at Ōiso, Distant View of Mount Fuji, Utagawa (Baidō) Kokunimasa (Japanese, 1874–1944), Triptych of woodblock prints; ink and color on paper, Japan

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