- Other Title
- The ghost of Asakura Togo
- Alternative title
- Bando Hikosaburo IV as Orikoshi Masatomo being attacked by the ghost of Asakura Togo, played by Ichikawa Kodanji IV in 'The Story of Sakura of Higashiyama' ('Higashiyama Sakura Zōshi')
- Place where the work was made
- Edo (Tokugawa) period 1615 - 1868 → Japan
- Media category
- Materials used
- woodblock print; ink and colour on paper, triptych
overall 35.8 x 76.5 cm
a - right sheet, 35.8 x 24 cm
b - centre sheet, 35.8 x 24 cm
c - left sheet, 35.8 x 24 cm
- Signature & date
Sheet A: Signed and dated 'Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi ga, published by Hayashiya Shogoro, 1851'.
Sheet B: Signed and dated 'Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi ga, published by Hayashiya Shogoro, 1851'.
Sheet C: Signed and dated 'Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi ga, published by Hayashiya Shogoro, 1851'.
- Yasuko Myer Bequest Fund 2018
- Not on display
- Accession number
- Artist information
Utagawa Utagawa Kuniyoshi
Works in the collection
The kabuki performance associated with this image was based on events that took place in 1653. In art and theatre of the 1840s and 1850s, names and places of historical figures were often changed to avoid censorship while remaining recognisable. In this instance, Asakura Tōgo is based on Sakura Sōgo (Sōgorō), a village leader who protested the poor conditions of local farmers. For his heroism, Sakura Sōgo and several of his family members were put to death. He swore revenge from beyond the grave. Here, as the bloodied ghost of Asakura Tōgo, he appears on each sheet of the triptych print, haunting the man who instructed his murder, the feudal lord Orikoshi Masatomo (the historical Hotta Masanobu).
Where the work was made
Shown in 1 exhibition
Japan Supernatural, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 02 Nov 2019–08 Mar 2020
Other works by Utagawa Utagawa Kuniyoshi
The actors Ichikawa Kodanji IV as the ghost of Kozakura Tōgō and as the tea server Inba, in reality the ghost of Tōgō (R), Bandō Hikosaburō IV as Orikoshi Tairyō ... Utagawa Utagawa Kuniyoshi 1851 141.2019
A sick tanuki (Tanuki no senkimochi) (above) and Tanuki as the seven gods of good fortune (Tanuki no shichifukuijin) from an untitled series of tanuki (raccoon-dogs) Utagawa Utagawa Kuniyoshi 1843-1844 143.2019
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