Ukiyo-e Comparisons of the Cloudy Chapters of Genji,

Part III

 

 

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Chapter number: 41

Chapter name: Maboroshi (, The Wizard)

Scene: The evil magician Nikki Danj˘ Naonori in court robes standing in front of a cloud of smoke

Robinson: S45.41

 

NOTE: The discoloration of Nikki Danj˘ĺs clothing is chemically changed inkľnot dirt.

 

Another state of the above print

 

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Chapter number: 42

Chapter name: Ni˘nomiya (匂宮, His Perfumed Highness)

Scene: Ushiwaka Maru, disguised as Toraz˘, holding a document box with Minazuru-hime standing behind him

Robinson: S45.42

 

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Chapter number: 43

Chapter name: K˘bai (紅梅, The Rose Plum)

Scene: Keyamura Rokusuke with O-Sono behind him holding plum blossoms

Robinson: S45.43

 

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Chapter number: 44

Chapter name: Takegawa (竹川, Bamboo River)

Scene: Sakingo Ashikaga Yorikane by moonlight, with drawn dirk and two hanks of hair; having just murdered the courtesan Takao

Robinson: S45.44

 

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Chapter number: 45

Chapter name: Hashihime (橋姫, Lady at the Bridge)

Scene: Chidori escaping from a castle two swords pursued by two men in a scene from the kabuki play Sembonzakura

Robinson: S45.45

 

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Chapter number: 46

Chapter name: Shii-ga-moto (椎本, Beneath the Oak Tree)

Scene: Gonta picking up petals watched by Wakaba-no-naishi and her son Rokudai-gozen

Robinson: S45.46

 

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Chapter number: 47

Chapter name: Agemaki (総角, Tasseled Knots)

Scene: Actor Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII as Sukeroku with drawn sword tossing Sempei in the air in a scene from the kabuki play Sukeroku

Robinson: S45.47

 

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Chapter number: 48

Chapter name: Sawarabi (早蕨, Early Ferns)

Scene: Lady Masaoka seated on a balcony watching her son Chimatsu enjoying sweets from a large box

Robinson: S45.48

 

I am grateful to Stuart Varnam-Atkin for this alternative state of the above design.

 

 

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Chapter number: 49

Chapter name: Yadorigi (宿木, The Ivy)

Scene: Actor Onoe Kikugor˘ III as Kwansh˘j˘ (Sugawara no Michizane) turning away from actor Iwai Kumesabur˘ as Kariya-hime in a scene from the kabuki play Sugawara

Robinson: S45.49

 

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Chapter number: 50

Chapter name: Azumaya (東屋, Eastern Cottage)

Scene: The low ranking retainer (ashigaru) Kichiemon arranging sandals from a scene in the Ichimisai-Ky˘goku revenge story

Robinson: S45.50

 

Another state of the above print

 

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Chapter number: 51

Chapter name: Ukifune (浮舟, Boat on the Water)

Scene: O-Matsu attacking Akabori Mizuemon on a boat

Robinson: S45.51

 

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Chapter number: 52

Chapter name: Kager˘ (Drake Fly)

Scene: Actor Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII as sum˘ wrestler Akitsushima holding a long scroll in a scene from the kabuki play Sh˘buzuke

Robinson: S45.52

 

This is another version of the above print.á Although less faded, it is a less labor-intensive printing, which almost invariably means a later edition.á In this print, the delicate shading (bokashi) in the background was omitted.á Bokashi was achieved by hand-applying a gradation of ink to the wooden printing block rather than inking the block uniformly.á This hand-application had to be repeated for each sheet of paper that was printed.

 

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Chapter number: 53

Chapter name: Tenarai (手習, Writing Practice)

Scene: Matsu˘ Maru holding his sheathed sword under the chin of a kneeling boy with Gemba in red makeup behind him in a scene from the kabuki play Sugawara

Robinson: S45.53

 

Another state of the above design courtesy of Marc DeVriese

 

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Chapter number: 54

Chapter name: Yume-no-Ukihashi (夢浮橋, Floating Bridge of Dreams)

Scene: Actor Nakamura Utaemon IV as Aoto Fujitsuna seated on a stool before a fire with his sword bearer behind him in a scene from the kabuki play Aoto-z˘shi

Robinson: S45.54

 

Supplement 1

Title: Kumokakure (雲隠, Behind the Clouds)

Scene: Actor Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII as Matsugae Sekinosuke in red kabuki makeup holding a knife in front of a lakeside teahouse

Robinson: S45.55

 

NOTE: This print and the other five supplementary designs are titled Gleanings from the Cloudy Chapters of Genji (Genji kumo shui, 源氏雲拾遺) instead of Ukiyo-e Comparisons of the Cloudy Chapters of Genji (Genji kumo ukiyoe awase, 源氏雲浮世画合)

 

Another state of the above design

 

Supplement 2

Title: Sumori (巣守, Guarding the Nest)

Scene: Kakugawa Monz˘ with his daughter Namiko (representing Kakogawa Honz˘ and his daughter Konami in the Chűshingura)á

Robinson: S45.56

 

Supplement 3

Title: Sakurabito (櫻人, Cherry Blossom-man)

Scene: Seigen holding the sleeve of a cringing Sakura-hime in front of a smoking brazier

Robinson: S45.57

 

Supplement 4

Title: Norinoshi (法の師, Teacher of Rites)

Scene: Actor Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII as Oniwaka Maru (childhood name of Benkei) overcoming a man who was trying to bind him with a rope

Robinson: S45.58

 

Supplement 5

Title: Hibariko (雲雀子, The Lark)

Scene: Actor Nakamura Utaemon IV as Udaijin Toyonari chucking a kneeling Chűj˘-hime under the chin

Robinson: S45.59

 

Supplement 6

Title: Yatsuhashi (八橋)

Scene: Actor Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII as Teranishi Kanshin crossing a bridge over an iris pond in a scene from the kabuki play Hiyoku no inazuma

Robinson: S45.60

ôRobinsonö 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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