Comic and miscellaneous individual prints

Part I


These prints are not part of series or polyptychs.á Unless otherwise noted, they are each about 14 by 10 inches or 36 by 25 centimeters, a size known as ˘ban.



Title: Utsushi-e, Japanese Phantasmagoria in Full Color by Toraku (Goku-zaishiki utsushi-e, Toraku)

Date: c. 1827-1830



NOTE: An utsushi (写し絵) is a traditional Japanese magic lantern show

Kasane no Boukon, ca


Title: Ghost of Kasane (Kasane no boukon, かさねのぼうこん)

Date: 1847-1850 (censors Mera and Murata)

Publisher: Minato-ya Kohei


NOTE: The ghostĺs face is made up of body parts and tools.

Kuniyoshi - (oban) Drunken Otafuku (Sakazuki o uketa otafuku), 1847, pub Horimasa, get text


Title: Drunken Otafuku (Sakazuki o uketa Otafuku, 盃を受けたお多福)

Date: 1847

Publisher: Horimasa


NOTE: Otafuku is a homely, cheery faced legendary figure who is associated with happiness





Title: Ofuku Fukuemon Ukeni-hairu Takarayama mitsuru

Date: 1849-1851 (censors Fuku and Muramatsu)

Publisher: Hayashi-ya Sh˘gor˘


I am grateful to Yasuhiro Endo for this image.



Title: Congratulations on Good Fortune in the Year of the Horse (Uma no toshi uke no on-iwai, 午の年うけの御いわい)

Date: 4th month of 1858

Publisher: The publisherĺs seal is identified as Horikoshi (堀越) in Publishers of Japanese Woodblock Prints: A Compendium by Andreas Marks (Hotei Publishing, Leiden, 2011), but as Ise-ya Isabur˘ in Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints by Basil William Robinson (Cornell University Press, Ithaca, NY, 1982)



Kuniyoshi - Humorous Portrayal of 6 Immortal Poets (Giga rokkasen], 1858(8), pub Koga-ya Katsugor˘, get description


Title: Humorous Portrayal of the Six Immortal Poets (Giga rokkasen)

Description: The six immortal poetsŚAriwara no Narihira, S˘j˘ Henj˘, Kisen H˘shi, ďtomo no Kuronushi, Bunya no Yasuhide and Ono no KomachiŚwatching a puppet play

Date: Eighth month of 1858

Publisher: Koga-ya Katsugor˘

Kuniyoshi - Masks with Actors' Expressions Emerging from the Urashima's Box

Title: Urashimaĺs Mask Box at the Crossing (Tsuji urashima ataru menbako)

Description: Masks resembling the following actors emerging from the Urashimaĺs box:

Kuniyoshi - Masks with Actors' Expressions Emerging from the Urashima's Box (diagram)


1. Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII
2. Nakamura Utaemon IV
3. Band˘ Mitsugor˘ IV
4. Sawamura S˘jűr˘ V
5. Onoe Kikugor˘ III
6. Band˘ Hikosabur˘ IV
7. ďtani Tomoemon III
8. Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VI
9. Ichimura Uzaemon XII
10. Ichikawa Kuz˘ II
11. Onoe Tamiz˘ II
12. Seki Sanjűr˘ III

Date: 1847-1850 (censors Mera and Murata)

Publisher: Tsu (phonetic reading of )

Kuniyoshi - (D˘ke ken nan de mo kan de mo) oban, conversation between a tiger, a toad and a fox


Title: D˘ke ken nan de mo kan de mo

Description: Conversation among a tiger, a toad and a fox from a parody of ôAnything Goesö

Date: 3rd month of 1847

Publisher: Ebi-iya Rinnosuke

Kuniyoshi - (D˘ke ken nan de mo kan de mo) oban, conversation between a tiger, a toad and a fox


This is another state of the above print.

Kuniyoshi - (shinsaku tsukutsuku ken), oban, 1847(9), pub


Title: Shinsaku tsukutsuku ken

Description: Ushiwaka Maru and the tengu

Date: 9th month of 1847

Publisher: Iba-ya Kyűbe



Title: Ataru ken kurabe

Description: Three male dancers

Date: 3rd month of 1847

Publisher: Nomura-ya Tokubei


I am grateful to Ward Pieters for locating this image

Kuniyoshi - The Tenn˘ Festival in ďdenma-ch˘ (ďdenma-ch˘ Tenn˘ matsuri), 1847-1852, pub


Title: The Tenn˘ Festival in ďdenma-ch˘ (ďdenma-ch˘ Tenn˘ matsuri)


Date: 1847-1852

Publisher: Tsujioka-ya Bunsuke (Kinsh˘d˘)


Image courtesy of Marie de Strycker-Steinmetz


Kuniyoshi - Ryűk˘ Neko Jarashi (Dancing Cats)


Title: Dancing Cats (Ryűk˘ neko jarashi, 流行猫じゃらし)


Publisher: No seal


NOTE: This print is a chűban (about 7 by 10 inches or 18 by 25 centimeters)

Kuniyoshi - An old cat talking about black art


Title: An Old Cat Talking about the Black Arts

Date: c. 1849

Publisher: Tama-ya S˘suke




Another state of the above design

Kuniyoshi - Pub



Description: Actors off stage

Date: 12th month of 1855

Publisher: Yamaguchi-ya T˘bei




Title: In the Year of the Earth Horse, on the 8th Day of the 5th Month, People Born in Earth and Water Signs Enter a Lucky Cycle (Tsuchinoe uma no toshi gogatsu y˘ka dosuisei no hito uke ni iru, 戊午歳五月八日 土水性の人うけに入)

Date: 4th month of 1858

Publisher: Ki-ya S˘jir˘




The first edition of this design (above) bears an oval date seal for the 4th month of 1858.á The image to the left is from a later printing dated the 7th month of 1861.



Kuniyoshi - 1858  no81_p61-73_07_0004



Description: Mount Fuji, Fukurokuju with his large head, and other characters

Date: 2nd month of 1858

Publisher: Yamaguchi-ya T˘bei

Fashionable cats performing mime (Ryuku neko no omoire), c

Title: Fashionable Cats Performing Mime (Ryűk˘ neko no omoire, 流行猫のおもり入)

Description: Heads of cats framed by cat collars with bells

Date: c. 1841-1842

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Uhei


NOTE: The cats, with their kimono, are identifiable caricatures of these kabuki actors:

Sawamura Tossh˘

Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V

Iwai Shijaku

Arashi Isabur˘ II

Onoe Eizabur˘ III

Ichikawa Kuz˘ II

Band˘ Shűka I

Onoe Tamiz˘


Nakamura Utaemon IV

Kuniyoshi - Paper Dolls' Dande Hoping for Fine Weather


Title: Paper Dollsĺ Dande Hoping for Fine Weather (てるてる坊主おひよりおどり)

Description: Dancing paper dolls

Date: 1849 (censors Yoshimura and Kinugasa)


Kuniyoshi - Tokuy˘muki inu no sanwari


Title: Tokuy˘muki inu no sanwari (徳用向犬の三割)

Description: Dogs toppling the table of a businessman

Date: 1847-1852





Description: Elephants engaged in various activities

Date: 3rd month of 1867á

Publisher: Tama-ya S˘suke


NOTE: This is a posthumous print since the censors seal reads 3rd month of 1867, and Kuniyoshi died in 1861.á



Title: Fukurokuju (福禄寿)

Description: The lucky god Fukurokuju with a scroll, plants, and gold coins

Date: This is a reprint from 1946-1957 of a design originally published c. 1840-1842

Publisher of reprint: Watanabe


NOTE: There were oval shaped gold coins in the Edo period.



Title: Thunder (かみなり, Kaminari)

Description: The god of thunder and lightning (Raijin or Raiden) hanging from a cloud dropping a grappling iron

Date: 1847-1850 (censors Mera and Murata)

Publisher: Yamazaki-ya Seishich




Title: Shin˘k˘sh˘ (士農工商)


Date: 1849-1852 (censors Hama and Magome)

Publisher: Daikoku-ya Heikichi


NOTE: Shin˘k˘sh˘ was the hierarchy of samurai, farmers, artisans, and merchants in Edo society.á The classes were the shi () represent the warrior or samurai class; () the farmers; () the craftsmen; and sh˘ () the merchants.