An Artist of the Floating World Setting & Symbolism

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Midi-Higari

This is the nationalist drinking establishment in the pleasure district where Masuji Ono and his colleagues would gather and drink and discuss art and life and culture.

Mrs. Kawakami’s

This is the only bar standing in the pleasure district where Masuji Ono and his fellow painters spent their time. Now (after the war) the bar is in a bombed out neighborhood, and Masuji Ono says he feels like he is in an outpost of civilization when he drinks there.

Bridge of Hesitation

This is a bridge leading into the pleasure district where Masuji Ono and his artist friends spent their time. It was on this bridge that men would hesitate, thinking about going back to their wives, before spending a night seeking pleasure and entertainment.

Arakawa District

This is the neighborhood outside the city where Masuji Ono visits for an escape from the devastation of the...

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