SG: Something New For the Table

I was recently looking for a new piece of furniture at a thrift store and came across this cute little gem:

Yeah, that's $1.59 for the whole pack.

Yeah, that’s $1.59 for the whole pack.

Ukiyo-e coasters for less than 2 dollars?  I’m interested.  How messed up do they look, though?

Oh, what’s that?  They are like mint frickin’ condition?

They feature these three artist's work.

They feature these three artist’s work.

A total of twelve coasters, in all.  There are four by each artist; featuring the work of Utagawa (Ando) Hiroshige’s lovely landscapes and Toshusai Sharaku’s kabuki actor series:

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We also have four lovely ladies produced by Kitagawa Utamaro which, if you’ve watched the latest Samurai Gaiden videos, you might be able to catch a glimpse of behind me:

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It’s a bit of a shame that when I’m talking in the videos you can’t really see more of the knickknacks and art I have on the table behind me.  Maybe I’ll make a video showcasing some of my stuff on it if people express some interest in it.

These coasters were designed to sit your drink on, but I have no intention of using them for that.  The previous owner didn’t seem to either, since they are meticulously maintained.  Not a bad deal for $1.59.

Actually, there might be one cup I could see using on them.  Something I picked up from half-price books the same day I got that set of Encyclopedia Britannicas:

A cup of Katsushika Hokusai's Great Wave off Kanagawa sitting on Ando Hiroshige's rendition of the same image.

A cup of Katsushika Hokusai’s Great Wave off Kanagawa sitting on Ando Hiroshige’s rendition of the same image.

~RCS

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