Comparisons of True Courage

(Shin- 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: Kiyohime (きよ姫) 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 (八郎 為朝) 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.