A Hundred Stories of Military Valor

(Buyû hyaku den, 武勇百傳)

Publisher: Fujioka-ya Hikotarô

c. 1836

In spite of the series’ title, only these five designs were known to Robinson, and it is unlikely that any more exist.  The prints are each about 14 by 10 inches (36 by 25 centimeters), a size known as ôban.

 

Scene: Chinzei Hachirô Tametomo overthrowing a wild boar in the snowy mountains of  Mashiki in Higo Province

Robinson: S9.1

 

Scene: Kiso Yoshinaka (木曽義仲) representing the historical the historical Kato Kiyomasa and the Taira commander Mikawa no Kami Tomonori tumbling down the hillside locked in combat at the Battle of Naminoyo in Kaga Province

Robinson: S9.2

 

Scene: The Peach Boy (Momotarô, 桃太郎) and his companions in the demons’ stronghold

Robinson: S9.3

 

Scene: Shirafuji Hikoshichirô (白藤彦七郎) preparing to throw his struggling horse at Ashikaga Taka-uji, who is about to enter Fukkaiji Temple

Robinson: S9.4

 

Scene: Onzôshi Ushiwaka Maru encountering Ise Saburô Yoshimori and his gang on Suzuka Bridge in Ise Province under a full moon

Robinson: S9.5

“Robinson” 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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