Yamakawa Shuho (1898-1944)
Chushingura (Gishi Taikan), 1921
An old willow

Yamakawa Shuho (1898-1944)
Chushingura (Gishi Taikan), 1921
An old willow

Utagawa Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
(Kacho yojô) Azuma Genji. 1837
from a shunga album

Utagawa Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
(Kacho yojô) Azuma Genji. 1837
from a shunga album

Utagawa Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
The 7 iroha symbols (Nanatsu iroha shûi). 1856
Bando Shuka I (Narukami), Nakamura Fukusuke I (Kumo no Taemanosuke)


Narukami and Taemanosuke are characters of famous kabuki play “Onna Narukami” (Female Narukami) 


Hatsuse-no-Mae was the daughter of Matsunaga Danjô Hisahide, who was killed by his arch enemy Oda Nobunaga. Moreover, Hatsuse-no-Mae’s lover Tomiwakamaru died. She decided to take the tonsure, retiring in a moutain hermitage and calling herself the ama Narukami. Plotting her revenge against Nobunaga, the ama Narukami has prevented rain from falling on the earth by holding hostage the Dragon-god, who produces the rain.

In order to save the farmers from the resulting drought, the emperor dispatches a imperial prince, Kumo no Taemanosuke, to go to Narukami’s mountain retreat, seduce her (he looks like Tomiwakamaru), and thereby allow the Dragon-god to escape. The prince is successful. The Dragon-god is freed and the rain begins to fall on the country, bringing the greatest happiness to the farmers. The dramatic climax occurs when the ama Narukami, realizing that the seduction has been a trick to allow the Dragon-god to escape, becomes enraged. Her anger transforms her into a hideous she-demon. The Dragon-god, who had at first appeared to be the monster is actually the savior of the nation who brings the long-awaited rains.

Utagawa Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
The 7 iroha symbols (Nanatsu iroha shûi). 1856
Bando Shuka I (Narukami), Nakamura Fukusuke I (Kumo no Taemanosuke)


Narukami and Taemanosuke are characters of famous kabuki play “Onna Narukami” (Female Narukami)


Hatsuse-no-Mae was the daughter of Matsunaga Danjô Hisahide, who was killed by his arch enemy Oda Nobunaga. Moreover, Hatsuse-no-Mae’s lover Tomiwakamaru died. She decided to take the tonsure, retiring in a moutain hermitage and calling herself the ama Narukami. Plotting her revenge against Nobunaga, the ama Narukami has prevented rain from falling on the earth by holding hostage the Dragon-god, who produces the rain.

In order to save the farmers from the resulting drought, the emperor dispatches a imperial prince, Kumo no Taemanosuke, to go to Narukami’s mountain retreat, seduce her (he looks like Tomiwakamaru), and thereby allow the Dragon-god to escape. The prince is successful. The Dragon-god is freed and the rain begins to fall on the country, bringing the greatest happiness to the farmers. The dramatic climax occurs when the ama Narukami, realizing that the seduction has been a trick to allow the Dragon-god to escape, becomes enraged. Her anger transforms her into a hideous she-demon. The Dragon-god, who had at first appeared to be the monster is actually the savior of the nation who brings the long-awaited rains.

Utagawa Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Series: The 7 iroha symbols (Nanatsu iroha shûi). 1856
Nakamura Shikan I (Sashichi), Iwai Kumesaburo III (Koito)

Koito and Sashichi are characters of special type of kabuki dramas. Such dramas in which the main characters are the courtesan Koito and her lover Sashichi (a fireman). Their sad love story leads to the murder of Koito by Sashichi. The most famous koito-sashichimono is “Omatsuri Sashichi”.

Utagawa Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Series: The 7 iroha symbols (Nanatsu iroha shûi). 1856
Nakamura Shikan I (Sashichi), Iwai Kumesaburo III (Koito)

Koito and Sashichi are characters of special type of kabuki dramas. Such dramas in which the main characters are the courtesan Koito and her lover Sashichi (a fireman). Their sad love story leads to the murder of Koito by Sashichi. The most famous koito-sashichimono is “Omatsuri Sashichi”.

Toyohara Chikanobu 
1838-1912 
 Japanese Emperor Linage - 1878

Toyohara Chikanobu
1838-1912 
Japanese Emperor Linage - 1878

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Hiroshige (1797 - 1858) 
Asakusa Ricefields and Torinomachi Festival 
Series; One Hundred Famous Views of Edo
Uo-ya Eikichi 1918 Edition Print

Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
Asakusa Ricefields and Torinomachi Festival
Series; One Hundred Famous Views of Edo
Uo-ya Eikichi 1918 Edition Print

Chikanobu (1838 - 1912) 
Princess Osakabe, No. 5 
Series; Eastern Brocades, Day and Night Compared

A scene of the famous samurai Miyamoto Musashi confronting the spirit of Princess Osakabe, who was said to haunt Himeji Castle after it was built in the 17th century. She stands on a low platform before him, her dark hair flowing loose around her face, wearing a sumptuously patterned robe. Her ghostly attendants gather behind her, silhouetted in gray. Miyamoto defeats her, but then must face the ghost of Toyotomi Hidetori. The inset above shows the famous duel between Miyamoto and Sasaki Kojiro along the shore of Ganryu Island.

Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Princess Osakabe, No. 5 
Series; Eastern Brocades, Day and Night Compared

A scene of the famous samurai Miyamoto Musashi confronting the spirit of Princess Osakabe, who was said to haunt Himeji Castle after it was built in the 17th century. She stands on a low platform before him, her dark hair flowing loose around her face, wearing a sumptuously patterned robe. Her ghostly attendants gather behind her, silhouetted in gray. Miyamoto defeats her, but then must face the ghost of Toyotomi Hidetori. The inset above shows the famous duel between Miyamoto and Sasaki Kojiro along the shore of Ganryu Island.