mafia-and-coloring-books:

Jesus and the Yakuza. 

Shigemasa (1739 - 1820) 
Receiving a Tattoo

 An image of a young courtesan getting her arm tattooed, likely with the name or nickname of her sweetheart.

Shigemasa (1739 - 1820)
Receiving a Tattoo

An image of a young courtesan getting her arm tattooed, likely with the name or nickname of her sweetheart.

Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892) 
Suitable: the appearance of a geisha of the licensed quarters in the Koka era, No. 14 
Series; Thirty-Two Aspects of Women


A charming print depicting young geisha participating in the Niwaka Festival, one of many celebrations held annually in the Yoshiwara. The Niwaka Festival occurred in autumn and was notable for the ceremonial dances that were performed by geisha and courtesan attired in both male and female costumes. The geisha shown here is dressed in a man’s kimono with her hair styled in a masculine style. She also holds a man’s fan, which reads “niwaka.”

Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Suitable: the appearance of a geisha of the licensed quarters in the Koka era, No. 14 
Series; Thirty-Two Aspects of Women


A charming print depicting young geisha participating in the Niwaka Festival, one of many celebrations held annually in the Yoshiwara. The Niwaka Festival occurred in autumn and was notable for the ceremonial dances that were performed by geisha and courtesan attired in both male and female costumes. The geisha shown here is dressed in a man’s kimono with her hair styled in a masculine style. She also holds a man’s fan, which reads “niwaka.”

Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892) 
The Battle of Sanno Shrine, 1874

 Dramatic depiction of the fierce Battle of Sanno Shrine between shogunate loyalists and Meiji Imperial troops in 1868. Although most Tokugawa forces had already given up, a group of samurai under the leadership of Amano Hachiro had taken up residence at the shrine in Ueno Park, intending to resist. After heavy fighting, the Imperial forces broke through the samurai’s defenses, resulting in a massacre and widespread destruction following fires started by artillery rounds. Under a slanting rain, Amano Hachiro confers with a fellow samurai at far right as Meiji forces engage his men in battle.

Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
The Battle of Sanno Shrine, 1874

Dramatic depiction of the fierce Battle of Sanno Shrine between shogunate loyalists and Meiji Imperial troops in 1868. Although most Tokugawa forces had already given up, a group of samurai under the leadership of Amano Hachiro had taken up residence at the shrine in Ueno Park, intending to resist. After heavy fighting, the Imperial forces broke through the samurai’s defenses, resulting in a massacre and widespread destruction following fires started by artillery rounds. Under a slanting rain, Amano Hachiro confers with a fellow samurai at far right as Meiji forces engage his men in battle.

Toshikage (1864 - 1921) 
Seven Lucky Gods Fighting with Ink, 1888

Toshikage (1864 - 1921)
Seven Lucky Gods Fighting with Ink, 1888

Tale of Genji Shunga from the Utagawa School - ca. 1850

Tale of Genji Shunga from the Utagawa School - ca. 1850

Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892) 
Toyotomi Hideyoshi 
Series; Foundations of Morality and Success
Kyodo Risshi no Motoi

Toyotomi Hideyoshi receiving a messenger from the Mouri family.

Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Toyotomi Hideyoshi
Series; Foundations of Morality and Success
Kyodo Risshi no Motoi

Toyotomi Hideyoshi receiving a messenger from the Mouri family.

Kunichika (1835 - 1900) 
Unhappy Street Knight

Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Unhappy Street Knight

Chikanobu (1838 - 1912) 
Yoshitsune Saying Farewell to Lady Shizuka

Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Yoshitsune Saying Farewell to Lady Shizuka

Yamamura Toyonari (1885 - 1942) 
The Heroine Koman from Seki, 1923 
Series; The Complete Works of Chikamatsu Monzaemon, First Edition, circa 1922 - 1926


Beautiful image of the heroine Koman from Seki in the play “Tanba Yosaku Matsuyo no Komurobushi.” The beautiful prostitute and her lover, the packhorse driver Yosaku, have been forced to flee after Yosaku was accused of forcing another driver to commit a theft. Here, the beauty leads a horse by the reins as the pair makes its way into exile.

Yamamura Toyonari (1885 - 1942)
The Heroine Koman from Seki, 1923 
Series; The Complete Works of Chikamatsu Monzaemon, First Edition, circa 1922 - 1926


Beautiful image of the heroine Koman from Seki in the play “Tanba Yosaku Matsuyo no Komurobushi.” The beautiful prostitute and her lover, the packhorse driver Yosaku, have been forced to flee after Yosaku was accused of forcing another driver to commit a theft. Here, the beauty leads a horse by the reins as the pair makes its way into exile.