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Nagasaki in the Kabun era
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The present form of Nagasaki city has its origin in the replanning of the period at the end of the 17th Century and expanded therefrom up to this day. These beautiful screens of masterpiece art are the best and only witness of its original form. Ryuji HIRAOKA and Kenji KUBO, curator, Nagasaki.

History of the Object
In the 3rd year of the Kanbun era (1663), a dreadful fire broke out in Chikugo-machi quarter in Nagasaki. The wind caused it to spread rapidly and it destroyed as many as 2,900 houses in 63 of 66 wards of Nagasaki, thus the city suffered damage unexampled in its history. This is what is called the “Conflagration in the Kanbun era”. Soon after the fire, the Japanese government undertook the reconstruction and rezoning of the Nagasaki harbor. This pair of folding screens, which were made in 1673, present the admirably restored form of the city 10 years after the fire. The population of Nagasaki at that time was about 60,000, being the biggest city in the Kyushu Island. In the left screen, the scene of the autumn festival “Nagasaki Kunchi” is depicted. At the lower-right corner, we can see a parade of dedicatory performances marching from the wharf to the Suwa Shinto shrine as well as the Dutch people in black hats and colorful cloaks around the dock. Though usually prohibited to get out of the small artificial island, Dejima, they could walk around the city at will only after seeing the festival.

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Type
Drawing 
Materials
color on paper, mounted on a pair of folding screens 
Measurements
128.5cm × 315.0 cm 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Japan 
Geography
Japan 
Time period
AD 17th century ~ AD 17th century 
Creation date
17th Century; 1673 
Function
 
Acquisition
This pair of folding screens was donated to Nagasaki City in 1951 for the collection of Nagasaki City Museum. Since 2005, it has been preserved in Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture. 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Nagasaki City, Japan 
Museum
Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture 
Credit line
Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture, Nagasaki, Japan 

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