The Eight Heroes of Bakin’s “Hakkenden”

(Satomi Hakkenden, 里見八犬傳)

Publisher: Ise-ya Chūsuke



This series shows scenes from the kabuki play Satomi hakkenden, which was performed at the Ichimura Theater in the first month of 1852.  The series is listed as number 173 in Kuniyoshi by Basil William Robinson (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1961).  These prints are each about 14 by 10 inches (36 by 25 centimeters), a size known as ōban. 



Description: Bandō Shuka I as Fushi Hime, the lady of Satomi, with Inuye Shimbei



Description: Arashi Kichisabūrō III as Inuta Kobungo in priest’s robe with farmer Tanesaku behind him



Description: Actor Seki Sanjūrō III as Inukawa Sosuke with bow and arrows



Description: Arashi Kichisaburo III as Inuta Kobungo with his right hand raised up, standing over a fallen figure


Description: Seki Sanjūrō III as Inukai Genpachi with a short sword in his mouth and a rope around his right shoulder


Description: Sawamura Chōjūrō V as Inuzaka Keno (?) drawing his sword with geese flying across a full moon behind him


Description: Bandō Shuka I as Inuzuka Shino holding his sword


Description: Sawamura Chōjūrō V as Inuyama Dosetsu


I am grateful to Marc Devriese for this image


“Robinson” indicates listing in Kuniyoshi by Basil William Robinson, 1961, Victoria and Albert Museum, London.