Tuesday, March 29, 2011

the goze of saito shinichi

Ozawa Yasuko's card (below) sent me to my goze file, where I discovered, much to my surprise, a collection of postcards from an exhibition by Saito Shinichi. I thought that I had sent all of these postcards off to friends years ago, but in fact had saved a set for myself. Saito heard stories about goze while traveling around Japan and, like others of us, became fascinated. He became quite famous for his oil paintings (he used oil, he told me, because he wanted the paintings to last for hundreds of years) of the women and the hard lives that they led. The card at top shows a lone goze in snow country, the part of Japan where they were most often found. The one below shows goze performing at a local festival.