Modern Style Set of the Provinces in Edo Brocade,

Part I

(Edo nishiki imay˘ kuni-zukushi, 江都錦今様国尽)



This series is listed as number 171 in Kuniyoshi by Basil William Robinson (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1961), however, its title is transliterated as ôK˘to nishiki imay˘ kuni-zukushiö.á The prints in this series are each about 14 by 10 inches (36 by 25 centimeters), a size known as ˘ban.



Number: 1

Upper panel: Yamashiro Province; Poetess Ono no Komachi (小野小町) seated with a servant

Lower panel: Yamato Province; actor Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII as Koganosuke (久我之助) in Imoseyama onna teikin (Imoseyama, an Example of Womanly Virtue)

Publisher: Mita-ya Kihachi



This is another version of the above print.á It is a less labor-intensive printing than the above, which almost invariably means a later edition.á In this print, the delicate shading (bokashi) in the background of the upper picture and in the title cartouche was omitted.á The bokashi in the river was simplified and is less naturalistic.á Bokashi was achieved by hand-applying a gradation of ink to the wooden printing block rather than inking the block uniformly.á This hand-application had to be repeated for each sheet of paper that was printed.


Number: 2á

Upper panel:á Kawachi Province; Kusunoki Masashige (楠正成) seated reading a scroll in his tent

Lower panel: Izumi Province; actor Band˘ Shűka I as the fox-woman Kuzunoha (葛の葉) with a brush in her mouth, writing a farewell poem on the shoji in the kabuki play Ashiya dauman ochi kagami

Publisher: Yamaguchi-ya T˘bei

NOTE: Kusunoki Masashige was a 14th century samurai who fought for Emperor Go-Daigo in his attempt to wrest control of Japan away from the Kamakura Shogunate, then under the leadership of the Hojo clan.


Number: 3

Upper panel: Settsu Province; the lovers O-Some and Hisamatsu

Lower panel: Iga Province, actor Ichikawa áHirogor˘ as the servant of Sawai Matagoro

Publisher: Yamaguchi-ya T˘bei



Number: 4

Upper panel: Ise Province; O-Han of the Shinano-ya on the beach opposite the ôwedded rocksö at Ise with a servant adjusting her sandals

Lower panel: Shima Province; actor Arashi Rikan III as the aunt of Fukuoka Mitsugi (福岡貢伯母) carrying a scroll box

Publisher: Mita-ya Kihachi


Number: 5

Upper panel: Owari Province; Watanabe no Tsuna, standing at a tree watching Usui no Sadamitsu, a child of great strength

Lower panel: Mikawa Province; actor Iwai Kumesabur˘ III as Ushiwakamaru looking back at Joruri-hime carrying a lantern

Publisher: Mita-ya Kihachi




Number: 6

Upper panel: T˘t˘mi Province; a woman with a walking stick followed by two children on the shore

Lower panel: Suruga Province; actor Sawamura Sojűr˘ V as Jugobei with a figure following him

Publisher: Yamaguchi-ya T˘bei



Number: 7

Upper panel: Kai Province; Takeda Shingeni (武田信玄) hiding in reeds at Kawanakajima with three followers behind him

Lower panel: Izu Province; actor Onoe Baik˘ as Mishima Osen (三島おせん) in the kabuki play Azuma kudari gojusan tsugi

Publisher: Yamaguchi-ya T˘bei



Number: 8

Upper panel: Sagami Province; Aoto Fujitsuna (青砥藤綱) holding a lantern on a jetty

Lower panel: Musashi Province; actor Onoe Kikugor˘ III as Omatsuri Sashichi (お祭佐七) with Mt. Fuji in the background

Publisher: Mita-ya Kihachi




Number: 9

Upper panel: Awa Province; Inuta Kobungo (犬田小文吾) wrestling over a woman and a child

Lower panel: Kazusa Province; actor Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V as the wrestler Shirafuji Genda (白藤源太)

Publisher: Yamaguchi-ya T˘bei



Number: 10

Upper panel: Shim˘sa Province; Asakura Togo (浅倉當吾) with his petition walking through a river

Lower panel: Hitachi Province; actor Ichikawa Kikujir˘ II as the wife of Oguri Tsuma Kohagi (小栗妻小萩), before a waterfall

Publisher: Mita-ya Kihachi



Another state of the above design


Number: 11

Upper panel: ďmi Province; three women in front of the Hagi Tamagawa (萩の玉川, one of the ôJewel Riversö)

Lower panel: Mino Province; actor Iwai Hanshiro VI as Mikatsu (三勝)

Publisher: Mita-ya Kihachi



Number: 12

Upper panel: Hida Province; a Hida woodcarver at work on a giant bird

Lower panel: Shinano Province; actor Iwai Hanshiro VII as Yaegaki-hime, holding the helmet of her father, Takeda Shingen

Publisher: Yamaguchi-ya T˘bei





Number: 13

Upper panel: K˘zuke Province; Yamato-dake-no-mikoto Takeru (日本武尊) on the side of a mountain

Lower panel: Shimotsuke Province; actor Band˘ Shűka I as courtesan Yatsuhashi (八つはし) in the kabuki play Yukari no hana iro mo Yoshiwara

Publisher: Yamaguchi-ya T˘bei




Number: 14

Upper panel: Mutsu Province; two women kneeling

Lower panel: Dewa Province; actor Nakamura Kanemon IV as Sat˘ Shir˘ Tadanobu in the kabuki play Yoshitsune Senbon zakura

Publisher: Yamaguchi-ya T˘bei



Number: 15

Upper panel: Wakasa Province; scene from the first act of the kabuki play Kanadehon Chűshingura with Lady Kawayo watching Moronao ascend the steps of the Hachiman Shrine

Lower panel: Echizen Province; actor Iwai Kumesabur˘ III in female role and actor Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII in male role

Publisher: Mita-ya Kihachi


Number: 16

Upper panel: Kaga Province; Chiyo-jo (千代女) with a wooden bucket at a well

Lower panel: Noto Province; actor Matsumoto K˘shir˘ V in kumadori make-up as Noto-no-kami Noritsune (能登守教経)á in Yoshitsune Senbon zakura (裏表千本桜)

Publisher: Yamaguchi-ya T˘bei



Number: 17

Upper panel: Etchű Province; priest Ikkyu Zenji (一休禅師) with a young attendant and the courtesan Jigoku Dayu (地獄太夫) kneeling outside

Lower panel: Echigo Province; actor Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII as Jiraiya (児雷也), a Robin Hood-like bandit who appeared in a series of plays

Publisher: Yamaguchi-ya T˘bei



Number: 18

Upper panel: Sado Province; Benkei and Ushiwaka

Lower panel: Tamba Province; actor Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII as Date no Yosaku in the kabuki play Koinyobo somewake tazuna

Publisher: Mita-ya Kihachi