Edo in the Present

Fig. 22. Based on the photograph used in Plastic Lover’s YouTube upload of Mariya Takeuchi’s “Plastic Love,” the online digital artist Rabbit Princess portrays a two-dimensional version of Takeuchi. Plastic Love. [October 5, 2018]. Pixiv, accessed March 2, 2021. https://www.pixiv.net/en/artworks/71029401.

By conducting a brief historiophoty of women in Japanese art, it is revealed how the Edo’s flawless female beauties have persisted into the present. Furthermore, one discovers that these beauties never existed in any real state; rather, they were always an idealized expression of the Japanese woman.