Artist: Utagawa Kunisada (歌川国貞) / Toyokuni III (三代豊国)

Print: Minamoto Yoritomo's hunting party in the foothills below Mt. Fuji - Minamoto Yoritomo kō Fuji no susono makigari no zu (源頼朝公富士之裾野牧狩之図)

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Dates: circa 1814,created
Dimensions: 31.5 in,15.5 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese color woodblock print

Signed: Gototei Kunisada ga
Publisher: Yamamotoya Heikichi
Marks 595 - seal 04-007
Censor seal: kiwame

Related links: Waseda University Library; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - 19th c. tsuba showing same encounter;

Physical description:

"In 1193, when the great warrior Yoritomo gave a hunting party at the foot of Mount Fuji, a boar suddenly broke cover and,wounded and maddened, headed straight at the hunters, too fast to be hit with their arrows. In an instant the warrior Nitan-no-Shiro Yadatsune sprang from Yoritomo's bodyguard and, casting aside his bow and arrows, and leaping on his horse, he made straight for the boar, which turned to attack him. Like a flash Nitan leaped on the back of the beast, with his own back to the animal's head. Grasping the tail, Nitan clung to the speeding animal until he found a chance to draw his dagger and stab him to death. Thereupon, so it is said, he received an ovation "so great as to shake the surrounding hills." "

Quoted from: The Asian Animal Zodiac by Ruth Q. Sun.


Yoritomo appears on the back of a dappled horse in the right-hand panel. He is protected by both a crowd of warriors, but also by the large yellow umbrella. In the middle panel Nitan-no-Shirō Yadatsune is about to take on the boar.

If you use the enlarging tool you will see that in the middle ground of center and left-hand panels there is a fenced off field that is used as a hunting arena where archers are going after deer, foxes and other animals.