Mirror of the True Loyalty of the Faithful Retainers, Individually, Part II



Scene: Aibara Esuke Munefusa (相原江助宗房) subduing two porters in loincloths by a river

Hiragana: (sa) No. 37 

Robinson: S90.26


Another state of the above design


Scene: Tomimori Sukeyemon Masakata struck by a jar of ashes thrown by a boy

Hiragana: none

Robinson: S90.27


Scene: Ashioda Matanojô Mitsutoki with spear in hand pulling a foe from his hiding place

Hiragana:  (re) No. 17

Robinson: S90.28


Scene: Hayami Sôzayemon Mitsutaka attacked with a spear while falling backwards into icy water

Hiragana: (no) No. 26

Robinson: S90.29


Scene: Onodera Kôyemon Hidetome chasing a stumbling foe on a veranda

Hiragana: (tsu) No. 19

Robinson: S90.30


Scene: Chiba Saburohei Mitsutada (千場三郎兵衛光忠) landing a sword stroke on the head of a foe

Hiragana: (ta) No. 16

Robinson: S90.31


Scene: Ôboshi Seizayemon Nobukiyo besting a bleeding foe among falling screens

Hiragana: (mu) No. 33

Robinson: S90.32 (listed as not seen)


Scene: Sugatani Inojô Masatoshi standing by a moat with a spear in his hand and his foot on a stone

Hiragana: (nu) No. 10

Robinson: S90.33


Scene: Horibe Yasubei Taketsune (堀部安兵衛武津) destroying decorative woodwork with a large mallet

Hiragana: (ri) No. 9

Robinson: S90.34


Scene: Hayano Wasuke Tsunenari (早野和助常成) threatening a squirming foe with a sword

Hiragana: (ma) No. 30

Robinson: S90.35


Scene: Yata Gorozayemon Suketake climbind a wall and shaking his sword at three barking dogs

Hiragana: (u) No. 24

Robinson: S90.36



Scene: Okada Magodayû Toyonari (岡田孫太夫豊成) killing a dog and thereby awakening a monk’s villainous ghost

Hiragana: (e) No. 34

Robinson: S90.37


Scene: Enya Hangwan Takasada attacking an unseen Moronao in the palace


Robinson: S90.39


Scene: Yazama Shunroku Mitsukaze fighting a tengu


Robinson: S90.40


NOTE: Tengu are forest-dwelling creatures that are either human-like with wings and long noses or bird-like. 


Scene: Mase Magokurô Masatoki (間瀬孫九郎正晨) swimming underwater with two rays and an octopus

Hiragana: (te) No. 35

Robinson: S90.41


Scene: Uramatsu Kihei Hidenao in a covered boat with a snow-covered shoreline

Hiragana: (ra) No. 22

Robinson: S90.42


Scene: Yazama Kihei Mitsunobu in the snow holding his spear and helmet

Hiragana: (yo) No. 15

Robinson: S90.43


Scene: Mase Chûdayû Masa-aki watching frogs at night while holding a lantern and an open umbrella

Hiragana: (he) No. 6

Robinson: S90.44


Scene: Kadono Jûheiji Tsugifusa kneeling before an unseen Buddhist shrine


Robinson: S90.45


Scene: Hara Gôyemon Mototoki thrusting his spear at a foe who has fallen into the icy water

Hiragana: (ni) No. 4

Robinson: S90.46


Scene: Hayano Kampei Tsuneyo seated before a torn lamp in contemplation before committing seppuku

Hiragana: none

Robinson: S90.47


NOTE: The term ‘hara-kiri’, although more common in English than ‘seppuku’, is considered in Japan to be a vulgar and disrespectful description of an honorable action.



Scene: Kaiga Yazayemon Tomonobu stand in a bridge holding a spear

Hiragana: (ya) No. 29

Robinson: S90.48


Scene: Nimura Jirozayemon Kanetsune (仁村治即右衛門包常) warming himself by a blazing fire

Hiragana: (ne) No. 20

Robinson: S90.49


Another state of the above design without smoke


Scene: Yoshida Chûzayemon Kanesuke beating a drum

Hiragana: (ha) No. 3

Robinson: S90.50 (listed as not seen)

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