BEGIN:VCALENDAR VERSION:2.0 PRODID:icalendar-ruby CALSCALE:GREGORIAN BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTAMP:20161203T222401Z UID:231917 DTSTART:20120721T000000 DTEND:20130218T000000 DESCRIPTION:

Urban commoners in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Japan\ , known as the Floating World\, enjoyed a hedonistic lifestyle that include d the pleasure of the companionship of pet animals. Many woodblock prints o f fashionable beauties show them accompanied by elegant\, pampered pets tha t symbolize luxury and sensuality. Formerly a prerogative of the nobility\, pets were now available to newly affluent commoners as well.

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Cats and small dogs we re especially favored as indoor pets\, but monkeys\, mice\, fish\, birds\, and even singing insects were also cherished.  Meanwhile\, on the streets a nd in the countryside\, dogs were beloved pets of both children and adults. Traveling entertainers presented acts by trained monkeys in costumes\, and artists sometimes drew humorous fantasy scenes of animals engaged in human activities.  

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Not just for animal lovers\, “Cats to Crickets” will also appeal to those interested in early modern Ja panese popular culture and fine printmaking.

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LOCATION:Museum of Fine Arts Boston\,465 Huntington Avenue \nBoston\, MA 02 115 SUMMARY: Cats to Crickets Pets in Japan's Floating World END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR