Editor’s Notes

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The image of the original Japanese woodblock print by artist Toyohara Kunichika has been indexed by, and may be downloaded from, the Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum, Waseda University; Artist: 国周, Item: 100-0629 (link).

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Panel 1 of 3 shows a long-haired person, possibly a woman, positioned behind a counter, with only its head and upper torso visible above the counter, wearing a black robe and black headgear. An easel nearby displays what appears to be a painting. A man stands facing this long-haired black-robed person and with his arm raised in the direction of the easel.

Long-haired black-robed person: Counselor, why are you distracting the Court with ancient Japanese art?

Man: Not just art, Your Honor. Prior art.

Panel 2 shows two men and a woman standing on what might be the roof of a building. On the front wall of the building is drawn an apple with a bite taken out of its right side and with what could be a small piece of a stalk positioned above.

All three together: Objection! Lacks home button!

Panel 3, the last panel, in its entirety shows a colored image that can be recognized as the same one seen in panel 1. It depicts a human figure with somewhat-masculine facial features but apparently wearing lipstick. This human figure is wearing predominalty green flowing robes and holding a fan in its right hand and a rectangular object, similar in shape and size to a smartphone, in its left hand. Numerous other colorful details in the image suggest that this could be an ancient Japanese work of art. Adjacent to this image, to its left and laid out vertically, are the image credits, which read as shown below (and include some Japanese text):

Toyohara Kunichika, 1897, “Chūshingura”
Act 7, “けいせいおかる 中村福助”.

Title: Art.