Comic and miscellaneous individual prints


These prints are not part of series or polyptychs.á Unless otherwise noted, they are each about 14 by 10 inches or 36 by 25 centimeters, a size known as ˘ban.


Title: Utsushi-e, Japanese Phantasmagoria in Full Color by Toraku (Goku-zaishiki utsushi-e, Toraku)

Date: c. 1827-1830



NOTE: An utsushi (写し絵) is a traditional Japanese magic lantern show


Title: Ghost of Kasane (Kasane no boukon, かさねのぼうこん)

Date: 1847-1850 (censors Mera and Murata)

Publisher: Minato-ya Kohei


NOTE: The ghostĺs face is made up of body parts and tools.


Title: Fashionable Octopus Games (Ryűk˘ tako no asobi, 流行蛸のあそび)

Date: 1840-1842

Publisher: Fujioka-ya Hikotar˘


Title: Drunken Otafuku (Sakazuki o uketa Otafuku, 盃を受けたお多福)

Date: 1847

Publisher: Horimasa


NOTE: Otafuku is a homely, cheery faced legendary figure who is associated with happiness




Title: Ofuku Fukuemon Ukeni-hairu Takarayama mitsuru

Date: 1849-1851á (censors Fuku and Muramatsu)

Publisher: Hayashi-ya Sh˘gor˘


I am grateful to Yasuhiro Endo for this image.


Title: Congratulations on Good Fortune in the Year of the Horse (Uma no toshi uke no on-iwai, 午の年うけの御いわい)

Date: 4th month of 1858

Publisher: The publisherĺs seal is identified as Horikoshi (堀越) in Publishers of Japanese Woodblock Prints: A Compendium by Andreas Marks (Hotei Publishing, Leiden, 2011), but as Ise-ya Isabur˘ in Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints by Basil William Robinson (Cornell University Press, Ithaca, NY, 1982)




Title: Humorous Portrayal of the Six Immortal Poets (Giga rokkasen)

Description: The six immortal poetsŚAriwara no Narihira, S˘j˘ Henj˘, Kisen H˘shi, ďtomo no Kuronushi, Bunya no Yasuhide and Ono no KomachiŚwatching a puppet play

Date: Eighth month of 1858

Publisher: Koga-ya Katsugor˘

Title: Urashimaĺs Mask Box at the Crossing (Tsuji urashima ataru menbako)

Description: Masks resembling the following actors emerging from the Urashimaĺs box:


1. Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII
2. Nakamura Utaemon IV
3. Band˘ Mitsugor˘ IV
4. Sawamura S˘jűr˘ V
5. Onoe Kikugor˘
6. Band˘ Hikosabur˘ IV
7. ďtani Tomoemon
8. Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VI
9. Ichimura Uzaemon XII
Ichikawa Kuz˘ II
11. Onoe Tamiz˘ II
12. Seki Sanjűr˘

Date: 1847-1850 (censors Mera and Murata)

Publisher: Tsu (phonetic reading of )


Title: D˘ke ken nan de mo kan de mo

Description: Conversation among a tiger, a toad and a fox from a parody of ôAnything Goesö

Date: 3rd month of 1847

Publisher: Ebi-iya Rinnosuke


This is another state of the above print.


Title: Shinsaku tsukutsuku ken

Description: Ushiwaka Maru and the tengu

Date: 9th month of 1847

Publisher: Iba-ya Kyűbe


Title: Ataru ken kurabe

Description: Three male dancers

Date: 3rd month of 1847

Publisher: Nomura-ya Tokubei


I am grateful to Ward Pieters for locating this image


Title: The Tenn˘ Festival in ďdenma-ch˘ (ďdenma-ch˘ Tenn˘ matsuri)


Date: 1847-1852

Publisher: Tsujioka-ya Bunsuke (Kinsh˘d˘)


Image courtesy of Marie de Strycker-Steinmetz



Title: All Kinds of Frogs (Kaeru zukushi, かえるづくし)

Description: Frogs as famous heroes of the kabuki stage

Date: c. 1842

Publisher: Koshimura-ya Heisuke



Title: Dancing Cats (Ryűk˘ neko jarashi, 流行猫じゃらし)


Publisher: No seal


NOTE: This print is a chűban (about 7 by 10 inches or 18 by 25 centimeters)


Title: An Old Cat Talking about the Black Arts

Date: c. 1849

Publisher: Tama-ya S˘suke



Another state of the above design



Description: Actors off stage

Date: 12th month of 1855

Publisher: Yamaguchi-ya T˘bei



Title: In the Year of the Earth Horse, on the 8th Day of the 5th Month, People Born in Earth and Water Signs Enter a Lucky Cycle (Tsuchinoe uma no toshi gogatsu y˘ka dosuisei no hito uke ni iru, 戊午歳五月八日 土水性の人うけに入)

Date: 4th month of 1858

Publisher: Ki-ya S˘jir˘



The first edition of this design (above) bears an oval date seal for the 4th month of 1858.á The image to the left is from a later printing dated the 7th month of 1861.




Date: 1842

Publisherĺs seals: Fujioka-ya Hikotar˘ (rectangle at bottom left) and Ezaki-ya Tatsuz˘ (circle under double mountain under signature)




Description: Mount Fuji, Fukurokuju with his large head, and other characters

Date: 2nd month of 1858

Publisher: Yamaguchi-ya T˘bei

Title: Fashionable Cats Performing Mime (Ryűk˘ neko no omoire, 流行猫のおもり入)

Description: Heads of cats framed by cat collars with bells

Date: c. 1841-1842

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Uhei


NOTE: The cats, with their kimono, are identifiable caricatures of these kabuki actors:

Sawamura Tossh˘

Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V

Iwai Shijaku

Arashi Isabur˘ II

Onoe Eizabur˘ III

Ichikawa Kuz˘ II

Band˘ Shűka I

Onoe Tamiz˘


Nakamura Utaemon IV


Title: Paper Dollsĺ Dande Hoping for Fine Weather (てるてる坊主おひよりおどり)

Description: Dancing paper dolls

Date: 1849 (censors Yoshimura and Kinugasa)



Title: Tokuy˘muki inu no sanwari (徳用向犬の三割)

Description: Dogs toppling the table of a businessman

Date: 1847-1852




Description: Elephants engaged in various activities

Date: 3rd month of 1867á

Publisher: Tama-ya S˘suke


NOTE: This is a posthumous print since the censors seal reads 3rd month of 1867, and Kuniyoshi died in 1861.á


Title: Fukurokuju (福禄寿)

Description: The lucky god Fukurokuju with a scroll, plants, and gold coins

Date: This is a reprint from 1946-1957 of a design originally published c. 1840-1842

Publisher of reprint: Watanabe


NOTE: There were oval shaped gold coins in the Edo period.


Title: Thunder (かみなり, Kaminari)

Description: The god of thunder and lightning (Raijin or Raiden) hanging from a cloud dropping a grappling iron

Date: 1847-1850 (censors Mera and Murata)

Publisher: Yamazaki-ya Seishich



Title: Shin˘k˘sh˘ (士農工商)


Date: 1849-1852 (censors Hama and Magome)

Publisher: Daikoku-ya Heikichi


NOTE: Shin˘k˘sh˘ was the hierarchy of samurai, farmers, artisans, and merchants in Edo society.á The classes were the shi () represent the warrior or samurai class; () the farmers; () the craftsmen; and sh˘ () the merchants.


Title: A Gathering of One Hundred Supernatural Tales (Hyakumonogatari Kaidankai, 百物語 化ものらうそく)

Description: Three ghosts materializing out of smoke

Date: 1843 (censor Tanaka Heishir˘)

Size: Unknown


Title: Textile Pattern of People to Stop Your Yawning (欠留人物更紗, Akubidome jinbutsu sarasa)

Date: c. 1842

Publisher: Yamamoto Heikichi

Another state of the above print, courtesy of Horst Graebner

Title: The Transfer Ceremony at Ise Shrine (Ise Daijin miya-utsushi, 伊勢太神宮遷御之圖)

Date: 1849 (censors Yoshimura and Kinugasa)

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Uhei


NOTE: This print is a horizontal ˘ban, about 10 by 14 inches (25 by 36 centimeters).á I am grateful to Marc DeVriese for this image.


Description: Okina Inari and Datsueba are neck wrestling (kubihiki) while foxes and horses cheer

Date: 1849

Publisher: Tama-ya S˘suke


NOTE: This print is a horizontal ˘ban, about 10 by 14 inches (25 by 36 centimeters)

Title: Asahina Sabur˘ Yoshihide in a Wrestling Match with Strange People from Various Countries (Asahina Sabur˘ Yoshihide bankoku sum˘ no zu, 朝比奈三郎義秀萬國すまふの圖)

Description: Asahina wrestling with various creatures

Date: c. 1840

Publisher: Zen (phonetic reading of )


NOTE: This print is a horizontal ˘ban, about 10 by 14 inches (25 by 36 centimeters).á It is signed Ichiyűsai Kuniyoshi giga (drawn in fun by Ichiyűsai Kuniyoshi, 一勇斎国芳戯画)

Title: None

Description: Hotei leading a parade of children holding lanterns

Date: 1840

Size: Chűban (about 7 by 10 inches or 18 by 25 centimeters)

Publisher: Enshű-ya Matabei