Ukiyoburo depicts the humor of daily life and culture through the conversations of customers at the public bath. It contains illustrations from Utagawa Kuninao and Kitao Shigemasa (credited as Kitagawa Yoshimaru).
The text is composed of four parts contained within nine volumes:
- Part 1: "Men's Bath", published in 1809
- Part 2: "Women's Bath", published in 1810
- Part 3: "Omissions from the Women's Bath", published in 1812
- Part 4: "Men's Bath Continued", published in 1813
There were advertisements for parts 5, 6, and 7, but they were never written.
Shikitei was particularly careful in noting a number of linguistic characteristics.
In part two, a woman speaking the Kansai dialect and a woman speaking the Tokyo dialect talk. The Kansai woman notes that Tōkyō speakers de-labialize [kwa] to [ka]. In addition, Tōkyō speakers have a tendency to confuse [ç] and [ɕ].
- Nakata 1972: 253
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- Nakata (1972:242)
- Nakata (1972: 243)
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- Kubota, Jun (2007). Iwanami Nihon Koten Bungaku Jiten (in Japanese). Iwanami Shoten. ISBN 978-4-00-080310-6.
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