Chasing Paradise: Life After the Fire by MutualArt

Ukiyo-e gradually became the dominant Japanese art form following a devastating fire that was also the birth of Tokyo. The West underwent a similar transformation almost simultaneously

According to legend, sometime during the first half of the fifteenth century in Edo, Japan, a young girl came into possession of a kimono. This would not be especially notable in itself, except that soon after, she died, having never had a chance to so much as try it on.

This, too, while terrible, would not be completely unheard of. Except that it happened again with the kimono’s next owner. Then again, for a third time. Three teenagers, all dead, with only a single piece of cloth to bind their tragic stories together. What was a city to do?

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