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Parody pictures. Also nise ‹[, yatsushi —ŠŠG, fuuryuu •——Ž. Analogues of Japanese and Chinese classical paintings or literature, historical facts or legendary events which were used by *ukiyo-e •‚ĒŠG artists to illustrate contemporary events or figures, serving as a pictorial simile. Generally the prints are recognised as mitate by the use of the term "mitate" in the title, but some leave it to the viewer to decipher. Mitate-e require considerable understanding of the classics to recognize the original subject matter and for this reason were often used as intellectual games, providing those privy to such information with a sense of belonging to a special intellectual group. The most popular Japanese mitate were taken from GENJI MONOGATARI ŒđŽ•ĻŒę (The Tale of Genji), ISE MONOGATARI ˆÉĻ•ĻŒę (The Tales of Ise) and the CHUUSHINGURA ’‰b‘ . Popular Chinese-based mitate include *Kanzan Jittoku ŠĶŽRE“ū, Eight Views of the Hsio and Hsiang *Shoushou Hakkei ānÃ”ŠŒi, Seven Sages of the Bamboo Grove *chikurin shichiken ’|—ŅŽĩŒŦ, and themes taken from the SUIKODEN …Ÿõ“` and SANGOKUSHI ŽO‘Žu. An example of a mitate-e is Mitate Kikujidou ŒĐ—§‹eŽœ“ķ by Suzuki Harunobu —é–؏tM(1725-70), one of the most elegant artists to produce mitate-e prints *Kikujidou ‹eŽœ“ķ@was a page to the Chinese Emperor Mu of the Zhou dynasty. He attained long life by virtue of his religion; another version has it that he drank the dew drops from the leaves and thereby obtained eternal youth. In Harunobu's print Kikujidou is represented by a young girl admiring chrysanthemum flowers by the banks of a stream. In itself, the print is attractive, but its creativity is enhanced if the background of the original Kikujidou tale is understood.
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