Artist: Toyohara Kunichika (豊原国周)

Print: The Typhoon at Daimotsu Bay in Settsu Province in 1188 (Bunji yonen Sesshū Daimotsu no ura nanpū no zu- 文治四年摂州大物浦難風之図)

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Dates: 1860,created
Dimensions: 9.75 in,14.25 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese color woodblock print

Signed: Kunichika ga (国周画)
Publisher Ōmiya Kyūjirō (Marks 415 - seal 30-034)
Combined censor and date seal: aratame and 4/1860

Related links: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Amagasaki Municipal Archives; Google map - Osaka Bay - Daimotsu is right off of Amagasaki;

Physical description:

Magnificent early triptych of the Taira ghosts attacking Yoshitsune's ship in a storm.

Daimotsu Bay is in the northeast part of Osaka Bay right off the area of Amagasaki. To see this location click on the Google map link above.


The main figure, the fierce fellow in the billowing red robe, is Musashibō Benkei (武蔵坊弁慶).

The ghost warrior at the bottom of the left panel, nearest the prow of the ship, is the general, Taira no Yukimori (平行盛). His title of Director of the Stables of the Left (Samanokami - 左馬頭) appear before his name.

[We shall identify more of the figures of this triptych in time.]