Comparisons of True Courage

(Shin-yű kurabe, 真勇競)

Publisher: Mikawa-ya Tetsugor˘

1845 and 1855

The prints in this series are approximately 20 by 8 inches (50 by 20 centimeters), a size known either as nagaban or as ch˘ban.


Scene: Benkei (辨慶) dragging the huge bell of Miidera Temple up a mountain

Date: 1845

Robinson: S49.1


Scene: Kiyo-hime starting to change into a dragon beneath the bell of D˘j˘ji

Date: 1855

Robinson: S49.2


NOTE: This print is unsigned.


Scene: Hachir˘ Tametomo in exile on the rocky shore of ďshima at sunrise

Date: 1845

Robinson: S49.3


Scene: Taira no Tomomori (平知盛) at the bottom of the sea with the great anchor and a sea dragon

Date: 1855

Robinson: S49.4

ôRobinsonö refers to listing in Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints by Basil William Robinson (Cornell University Press, Ithaca, NY, 1982) and its privately published supplement.