Profiles of Bōsō Figures Drawn in Ukiyo-e 1. Gimin: Sakura Sōgo 2017.5/16 tue-6/10 sat

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi,
“New Selection of Eastern Brocade Prints
The Story of Sakura Sōgo,”
Mizuta Museum of Art,
Josai International University

Utagawa Kuniyoshi

Utagawa Kuniyoshi,
“Higashiyama Sakura Sōshi:Orikoshi Residence,”
National Museum of Japanese History

Toyohara Kunichika

Toyohara Kunichika,
“Kazusa Momen Komon no Hitoeji:
Pawnbroker of Yukinoshita,”
Mizuta Museum of Art,
Josai International University

 The story of Sakura Sōgo of the village of Kōzu (modern-day city of Narita) has been passed down through the ages. A folk hero, Sakura lost his life for daring to appeal directly to the Shōgun in order to save other farmers from the oppressive rule of their feudal lord. A kabuki based on the incident, Higashiyama Sakura Sōshi, became a hit in 1851. Retitled Sakura Giminden, its performance had been well received in the Meiji period and beyond, and a number of ukiyo-e pieces were produced as a result.
 In this exhibition, Sakura’s life is depicted through ukiyo-e by Utagawa Toyokuni III, Utagawa Kuniyoshi, and other artists, who drew individual scenes, such as Sakura’s parting from his children and the interrogation. The exhibition also introduces Kazusa-momen Komon-no-Hitoeji, whose protagonist is Anesaki Ichibei, a loyal servant to his employer’s family. Please enjoy the fictional world inspired by real-life figures from Bōsō

Gallery Talk

5/20 sat, 6/10 sat 13:30-


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Mizuta Museum of Art, Josai International University
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