Can anyone translate the Japanese on this print?
see print. The print was made about the time US Navy Commodore Perry visited Japan and presented gifts. However the title of the print translates to Parodies of poems by the 36 master poets. The actual history of the event is that the Japanese came out ahead: we gave them the best stuff we could and they gave us what they considered cheap trade goods. The foreigners were looked down upon and the subject of ridicule.
My question is—what do these annotations say? And for bonus points: who are the 36 master poets? What were the original poems?verses
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