Kuwana: the story of the sailor tokuzô
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a sailor grasps hold of his ship’s anchor in an attempt to battle with the tempestuous sea. as the ship dips down a colossal wave, tokuzô has a chilling feeling and turns to see a shadowy figure, peering down at him with his beady eyes.
this piece is a prime example of the paranormal japanese folklore character ‘umibōzu’, meaning “sea priest”. upon translating the print’s inscriptions, it sets the scene around tokuzô, a warrior who chose not to abandon ship on a frosty new year’s eve, despite superstitions, as he was unafraid. but quickly a storm picks up and umibōzu appears. he asks the sailor “name the most horrible thing that you know!”, to which tokuzô replies, “my profession, that’s the most horrible thing i know.” satisfied with his answer, the umibōzu leaves, taking the storm with him.
umibōzu is a sea spirit whose true form is unknown, as it is usually witnessed from the shoulders up. it tends to have a human-like silhouette, but with inky black skin and two very large round eyes. usually, umibōzu appears to sailors on still waters, quickly turning the calm sea into colossal crashing waves that break ships apart. it was believed that umibōzu were the spirits of priests who’d been drowned by villagers, so were trapped and seeking revenge, which explains their name as “sea priest”.
the umibōzu would drown sailors by demanding barrels to fill up with huge amounts of water to throw over the deck to sink the ships. the only known escape was to trick the umibōzu by giving it a bottomless barrel, which confuses it and provides the sailors with enough time to make their lucky escape.
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the mighty kaido-maru grapples with the thrashing carp in a waterfall, as water sprays and crashes around them.
this is an exquisite piece by kuniyoshi. his unique approach to portraying water is suggestive of a starry night’s sky, giving the scene its enchanting aura. take a look at the subtle detailing of the carp: the translucency of its fin and directional movement of its scales. kuniyoshi depicts the creature as delicate and dangerous, showing his mastery in creating complex characters.
the character of sakata kaido-maru is based on the japanese folk hero ‘kintarō’. his name translates to mean “golden boy”, although he’s usually portrayed in a pink-red color rather than gold. he’s a child with superhuman strength who holds many animal-like powers. born in the mountains, kintarō was orphaned and raised by a yamauba - a mountain witch - who was known for eating children. despite her terrible ways, the yamauba decided to raise kintarō as her own.
kintarō grew in strength as he did in age, so by the age of eight was able to break tree trunks as if they were twigs. as he was raised in the forests, he befriended animals and soon learned how to communicate with them. often he wrestled them for sport to develop his fighting skills.
🇮🇹🐱 festa del gatto
oggi in italia e in altri stati europei si celebra la giornata internazionale del #gatto! 🐾
furbo, affettuoso, indipendente ed elegante, ci tiene da sempre compagnia col suo carattere capriccioso e la sua proverbiale astuzia. 🐈
🎌 nella tradizione #giapponese è celebrato come messaggero di #fortuna e prosperità, e tutti conoscono il simpatico "maneki-neko" (gatto che invita) con la zampa sollevata che richiama i clienti sulla porta di negozi e ristoranti. ⛩️ non mancano neppure santuari dedicati a questo speciale animale, così come molte rappresentazioni nell'#arte e nelle stampe xilografiche.
📷 in foto: una beltà col suo gatto nella #stampa di #utagawa#kuniyoshi intitolata "oh, ahi!" (oo, itai)/ il polpo gigante del fiume nameri a etchuu (etchuu namerikawa oodako), dalla serie "desideri della terra e del mare" (sankai medetai zue), #giappone, 1852, inv. 2692-09, deposito.
🇬🇧🐱 international cat day
today, italy and other european states celebrate the international #cat day! 🐾
crafty, affectionate, independent and elegant, the cat has been keeping us company since ever with his capricious character and his proverbial cunning. 🐈
🎌 in the japanese tradition, it is celebrated as a messenger of #luck and prosperity, and everyone knows the cute #manekineko (beckoning cat) at the door of shops and restaurants, drawing customers in.
⛩️ we also find shrines dedicated to this special animal, as well as many representations in art and woodcut prints.
📷 in the photo: a beauty with her cat in the #woodblock#print by utagawa kuniyoshi titled "oh, ouch!" (oo, itai)/ giant octopus from the nameri river in etchuu (etchuu namerikawa oodako), from the series "auspicious desires on land and sea" (sankai medetai zue), japan, 1852, inv. 2692-09, deposit.
Kuniyoshi’s one hundred yŌkai and ghosts (hardcover)
condition: used, some tearing on the paper cover but book itself unaffected
high quality large and small prints of 100 yŌkai (mythical creatures) and yŪrei (ghosts) by utagawa kuniyoshi. divided into 3 comprehensive sections:
-the journey to death
-delusion / hallucination
-entertainment / fun
includes ukiyo-e, manga and heroes of japanese folklore.
great reference for wabori / irezumi and japanese-inspired art.
(limited press, 2009)
The white snow is made of areas where we printed nothing. the color of the paper simply shines through. having not been compressed in a printing process, the snow sticks out a little bit from the paper, lending it a lovely three-dimensional effect that looks like the snow really is piled up on the man's hat and along the tree. this design by utagawa kuniyoshi is one of my favorites, and we just recently printed another batch, so it is finally available again.
Oniwaka-maru slaying a giant carp (detail), 1845
utagawa kuniyoshi (1797-1861)
utagawa kuniyoshi was one of the last greats of the japanese ukiyo-e style. the first postcard from this account was a ukiyo-e woodblock print by utagawa hiroshige, who was born in the same year as kuniyoshi, although kuniyoshi was much more renowned in his lifetime (sojourner truth and mary shelley were also born in 1797). among all of kuniyoshi’s subjects, he was most noted for his depictions of legendary samurai heroes and their battles. this particular image is a detail from kuniyoshi’s print “oniwaka-maru slaying a giant carp.” in direct contrast to the peaceful views of a scenic japan provided by hiroshige and hokusai, kuniyoshi welcomed a rise of fierce, fearsome and fantastical ukiyo-e imagery.
i kept this postcard because i was so impressed by the treatment of the water around the carp. in two dimensions, kuniyoshi perfectly produces the ripples in deep slashes of only three colors. the whiskers protrude out of the water, curling around the flat, black ripples. from so few materials, kuniyoshi achieves so much. also, at a fundamental level, i enjoy pictures of animals. they are stand-ins for a spirit realm, and the original impulse of art (like in the caves of lascaux) because they are mute in life as they are mute in the image—beyond language.
‘roll up your fin like a real [wo]man’ ➖
the tiger tanuki t-shirt featuring kuniyoshi’s human-like goldfish is available to order until february 26 @everpresshq 👕link in bio. #worldwide#shipping 📪
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Tsuchigumo, tradotto letteralmente "ragno terrestre", è un termine dispregiativo storico giapponese per clan locali rinnegati, con il passare del tempo, tsuchigumo, è stato anche istituito come yōkai.
il comandante minamoto no yorimitsu, fu portato dal suo servo in direzione di una montagna a nord di kyoto, dove incontrarono un teschio volante. yorimitsu e gli altri, dubbiosi, iniziarono a seguirlo e arrivarono in una vecchia tenuta, dove apparvero vari yokai atipici che tormentarono yorimitsu e gli altri. quando arrivò l'alba, apparve una bella donna che stava per ingannarli, ma yorimitsu, non arrendendosi, la tagliò con la sua katana e la donna scomparve, lasciando sangue bianco. seguendo quel sentiero, arrivarono a una grotta, dove c'era un enorme ragno, la vera identità di tutti i mostri apparsi fino ad ora. alla fine di una lunga battaglia, yorimitsu tagliò la testa al ragno e le t***e di 1990 persone morte uscirono dal suo stomaco. inoltre, dai suoi fianchi, innumerevoli piccoli ragni volarono in giro e, osservando ulteriormente, trovarono altri 20 teschi.
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3 days ago
Happy valentine's day!
artist - utagawa kuniyoshi
title - from the hyakki yagyo
ネオシルクスクリーン: ed 24
【new my print release and exhibition information】
"appearance is a scary but a funny man"
the theme of my new work is rakugo (japanese traditional comic storytelling), motif of rakugo story having the initial of japanese syllabary are studded in the image of kuniyoshi utagawa's work. i have loved rakugo for 10 years. so i'm happy to be able to make work on the theme of rakugo! and this work will be exhibited at park hotel tokyo from next week to the end of march.
"koreyan exhibition “inspi”
【period】february 17-march 24, 2020
【venue】park hotel tokyo corridor gallery34
sponsored by koreyan, park hotel tokyo https://koreyan.jp