Summer Kimono with Carp, Water Lilies, and Morning Glories. Period: Meiji period (1868–1912). Date: ca. 1876. Culture: Japan. Medium: Resist-dyed, painted, and embroidered silk gauze with plain-weave patterning. Dimensions: Overall: 59 7/16 x 49 1/16 in. (151 x 124.6 cm).
Every year behind the grand Sensoji temple in Asakusa the firefighter’s associations of Japan gather to hold a ceremony to commemorate the ones who have fallen. During the ceremony, representatives from the 88 different traditional groups perform ladder acrobatics and their famous matoi dances, a recurring motif in art and dolls in Japanese culture. About 1000 people participate in the ceremony which is held on the last Sunday of May