Military Brilliance for the Eight Views

(Yôbu hakkei, 燿武八景)

Publisher: Tsuru-ya Kiyemon

1836

 

In eleventh century China, eight views of the Xiao and Xiang Rivers developed as a formalized series of landscape paintings.  They represented views of the rivers and wetlands around Lake Dongting.  The same eight views–autumn moon, lingering snow, evening glow, vesper bells, returning boats, clearing weather, night rain and homing geese–are likened to Japanese heroes in this series of prints.  The prints in this series are each about 14 by 10 inches (36 by 25 centimeters), a size known as ôban.

 

View: Autumn Moon at Ishibashiyama (Ishibashiyama akizuki, 右橋山秋月)    

Scene: Sanda Yoichi Yoshitada about to kill Matano Gorô Kagehisa  

Robinson: S8.1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

View:   Lingering Snow on Mt. Yoshino (Yoshino-san bosetsu, 吉野山暮雪)

Scene: Satô Tadanobu overthrowing the monk, Yokogawa Kakuhan 

Robinson: S8.2

 

Another state of the above design

 

View: Evening Glow at Uji Bridge

Scene: Ichirai-hôshi standing on the shoulders of Tsutsui Jômyô

Robinson: S8.3

 

 

View: Vesper Bell at Suma Temple

Scene: Kurô Hangwan Minamoto no Yoshitsune and Musashi-bô Benkei seated under cherry blossoms after the battle of  Ichi-no-tani

Robinson: S8.4

 

 

View: Returning Boats from Korea 

Scene: Takeshiuchi-no-sukune, Empress Jingô’s commander, returning victoriously

Robinson: S8.5

 

 

 

View: Clearing Weather on Ichihara Moor (Ichibara seiran, 市原晴嵐)

Scene: Kidô Maru’s murderous attack on Raikô foiled by the latter’s retainers

Robinson: S8.6

  

 

 

 

View: Night rain at Suso Moor  

Scene: The Soga brothers about to enter the tent of Kudô Suketsune

Robinson: S8.7

 

 

 

View: Homing Geese at Kanazawa

Scene: Hachimantarô Yoshi-iye watching the flight of geese betray the position of his foes

Robinson: S8.8

 

“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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