Individual Warrior Prints

1834 - 1835

These prints are listed in Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints by Basil William Robinson (Cornell University Press, Ithaca, NY, 1982) and its privately published supplement as S1c.

 

Scene: áAbe no Yasuchika exorcising fox demon, Tamama no mae with reflected rays from a mirror

Publisher: Nishimura-ya Yohachi

Date: c. 1834-1835

Robinson: S1c.1

 

Scene: áKoshibe no Sugaru capturing a Raijű (monster) amid flames and lightning in the village of Toyo-ura.á The beast was presented to Emperor Yűryaku.

Publisher: Nishimura-ya Yohachi (later edition Izumi-ya Ichibei)

Date: c. 1834-1835

Robinson: S1c.2

 

Scene: áUsui Matagor˘ killing the giant white monkey in the mountains of Hida

Publisher: Nishimura-ya Yohachi

Date: c. 1834-1835

Robinson: S1c.3

 

Scene: The ghost of Akugenda Yoshihira exacting revenge on his slayer, Namba Jir˘ with a burning thunderbolt

Publisher: Nishimura-ya Yohachi

Date: c. 1834-1835

Robinson: S1c.4

 

Scene: The death-struggle of ďto-no-miya with his murderer, Fuchibe Iga no Kami

Publisher: Nishimura-ya Yohachi (later edition Izumi-ya Ichibei)

Date: c. 1834-1835

Robinson: S1c.5

 

I am grateful to Ward Pieters for locating this image.

 

Scene: áTakagi Toranosuke (多嘉木虎之助) capturing a kappa underwater in the Tamura River in the Province of Sagami

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Uhei

Date: c. 1834-1835

Robinson: S1c.6

 

NOTE: Kappa are amphibious goblins with the body of a tortoise, the limbs of a frog and the head of a monkey

 

Scene: Kusunoki Tamon Maru Masatsura and Chikud˘ Maru killing an old badger that took the form of a priest

Publisher: Kaga-ya Kichiemon

Date: c. 1834-1835

Robinson: S1c.7

 

I am grateful to Marc DeVriese for this image.

 

 

A later edition of the above design published by Iba-ya Sensabur˘.á I am grateful to Richard Illing for this image.

 

Scene: áMatano no Gor˘ Kagehisa and Sanada no Yoichi Yoshitada struggling on shore at Ishibashiyama

Publisher: Yamaguchi-ya T˘bei

Date: c. 1834-1835

Robinson: S1c.8

 

Scene: Izumo no Imaro (出雲伊麿) in mid-sea plunges his sword into the neck of a wani (, sea-monster)

Publisher: Yamaguchi-ya T˘bei

Date: c. 1834-1835

Robinson: S1c.9

 

Scene: áWada Heita Tanenaga killing a huge python by a waterfall

Publisher: Yamaguchi-ya T˘bei

Date: c. 1834-1835

Robinson: S1c.10

 

I am grateful to Ward Pieters for locating this image.

 

Scene: Hasebe Ch˘hy˘e Nobutsura fighting over fallen foe at the Taira attack on the Takakura Palace in Kyoto (1180)

Publisher: Sano-ya Kihei

Date: c. 1834-1835

Robinson: S1c.11

 

Scene: Hangami Danj˘-no-j˘ Arakage killing a giant salamander in the Tontagawa River

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Ch˘z˘

Date: c. 1834-1835

Robinson: S1c.12

 

Scene: Ari˘ Maru (有王丸) on the shore, sword in hand, struggling with a giant octopus.

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Ch˘z˘

Date: c. 1834-1835

Robinson: S1c.13

 

Another state of the above print

 

No image available

 

Scene: Asahina Sabur˘ Yoshihide tugging at the armor of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune

Publisher: Ise-ya Sanjir˘

Date: c. 1834-1835

Robinson: S1c.14

 

Scene: áTaira no Koremochi killing the demon-woman at Togakushi-yama

Publisher: Yamaguchi-ya T˘bei

Date: c. 1834-1835

Robinson: S1c.15

 

Scene: Nagasaki Kangayu-saemon riddled with arrows and encircled by a dragon

Publisher: Sano-ya Kihei

Date: c. 1834-1835

Robinson: S1c.16

 

Another state of the above print published by Ueda-ya Kyűjir˘ instead of Sano-ya Kihei

 

Scene: Sagi-no-ike Heikur˘ Masatora killing a huge wild boar

Publisher: Sano-ya Kihei

Date: c. 1834-1835

Robinson: S1c.17

 

Another state of the above design with the diamond-shaped seal of the publisher Ueda-ya Kyűjir˘ in the left lower corner

 

Title: Sanj˘ Kokaji Munechika

Scene: The sword-smith Munechika forging a blade under the watchful eyes of the fox god of Mount Inari

Publisher: Yamaguchi-ya Tobei

Date: 1833-1835

Robinson: Not listed

 

NOTE: This is a final drawing (hanshita-e) for an unpublished print.á

 

Scene: Sanada Yoichi Munesada kneeling on Matano Gor˘ Kagehisa by the seashore at the Battle of Ishibashiyama

Publisher: Tsuru-ya Kiemon

Date: c. 1834-1835

Robinson: S1c.18

Scene: Nitta sahyoesuke Yoshioki on his white horse battling a foe

Publisher:

Date: c. 1833-1835

Robinson: Not listed

ôRobinsonö refers to listing in Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints by Basil William Robinson (Cornell University Press, Ithaca, NY, 1982) and its privately published supplement.

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