Artist: Shima Seien (島成園)

Print: The heroine Yūgiri from the play 'Yūgiri and the Straits of Naruto' Yūgiri Awa no Naruto [夕霧阿波鳴渡]

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Dates: 1923,created
Dimensions: 11.75 in,18.0 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print

Related links: Harvard Art Museums; Waseda University; National Museum of Asian Art;

Physical description:

Published in The Complete Works of Chikamatsu [Dai Chikamatsu zenshû]), Taishô period, 1923. Reproduced in The Female Image; 20th Century Prints of Japanese Beauties, Hotei, Leiden, 2000, pg.97 and in The New Wave. 20th. Century Japanese prints from the Robert O. Muller Collection London 1993, the print with accompanying text is accorded a whole page to itself (Pl. 208).

The carver may have been Yamagishi Kazue.


The play was first staged in 1712 - probably for the puppet theater.


Illustrated in color in The Female Image: 20th century prints of Japanese beauties, Abe Publisher, 2000, #124, p. 97.