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An Edo period "Who's Who" of prostitutes in the pleasure districts. The yuujo hyoubanki was one of two major types of such commentary, the other being those books dealing with actors *yakusha hyoubanki –ðŽÒ•]”»‹L. Yuujo hyoubanki were the older of these two and dealt with commentaries on the talents and appearances of prostitutes in Kyoto's Shimabara “‡Œ´ district, Osaka's Shinmachi V’¬ area and the *Yoshiwara ‹gŒ´ in Edo. By around 1688 they also came to serve as guidebooks to the pleasure districts. The oldest yuujo hyoubanki were handwritten copies, but during and after the Manji –œŽ¡ era(1658-61) they were published as woodblock printed editions. The yuujo hyoubanki influenced the later *ukiyo zoushi •‚¢‘Žq, playing an indispensable role in their establishment. The amorous fiction known as koushokubon DF–{, which was published by the Hachimonjiya (see *hachimonjiyabon ”ª•¶Žš‰®–{), is particularly reminiscent of the hyoubanki. These books also contained illustrations which were the basis for the later development of the single sheet *ichimai-e ˆê–‡ŠG woodblock prints *ukiyo-e •‚¢ŠG.
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