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Hoso-e

Hoso-e A hoso-e was a type of woodblock print common in the Edo Period used as an amulet for a gate or inside the house to protect the family from smallpox, or to pray for quick recovery if members of the family did catch the disease. Printing all in red is a distinctive feature of hoso-e as red was believed to ward off plague and disaster. The design usually features a hero or talisman from Japanese folklore, such as the character Momotaro or a bream.   











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