• A Picnic in the Floating World

    story by Francesca Gammino.

    Japanese picnic sets such as this one were used by the towns’ merchant class for picnics to enjoy a shared meal in a natural location. This object tells us stories of enjoying the beauty of the autumn season and its characteristic flowers, while at the same time expressing the longing for fun and ephemeral pleasure, and the desire for an escape from urban worklife and responsibilities.

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