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    • Sosano no Mikoto

    • women; men (male humans); kimonos; elderly
    • According to the Record of Ancient Matters / Kojiki, written about 712, Susano, the brother of the sun goddess Amaterasu, is expelled from the realm of gods and descends to the area called Izumo, where he discovered an old couple sheltering their...
    • Kusunoki Masatsura

    • men (male humans); warriors; armor (protective wear); swords; streams; trees; lanterns (lighting devices); banners; Single Built Works; porches
    • The warrior Kusunoki Masatsura (1326-1348) was the son of Kusunoki Masashige (1294-1336) and both were loyal defenders of the emperors of the Southern Court (see Plate 178). As a boy Masatsuna defended his home from curious creatures and spirits,...
    • Swimming at Okazaki

    • men (male humans); women; trees; kimonos; swimming
    • Oai no kata was born in Okazaki and was both beautiful and strong, although of low social status. One day while swimming in a river, a young man tried to bother her, but she quickly defeated him. According to the cartouche, even the shogun Tokugawa...
    • Ghost of Taira no Tomomori

    • warriors; men (male humans); armor (protective wear); halberds; women; seas; bows (weapons); arrows
    • Realizing the Taira forces would be defeated at the Battle of Dan-no-Ura, Tomomori (1152-1185), the Taira clan leader, grabbed an anchor and leapt into the sea. The three imperial symbols were also thrown into the water, to keep the Genji from...
    • Ariwara no Narihira

    • men (male humans); women; swords; mountains; trees; torches (lighting devices); kimonos; horseback riding
    • The 10th century poetic anthology Tales of Ise contains several verses that reportedly describe the love life of Ariwara no Narihira (825-880). According to legend, this handsome poet and courtier eloped with Fujiwara no Koshi (842-910) who was...
    • Nakamitsu's only son Kojumaru is substituted

    • men (male humans); women; children (people by age group); swords; flowers (plants); kimonos; lamps (lighting devices)
    • Minamoto no Mitsunaga sent his son Bijomaru to a temple to study and become a priest, but Bijomaru practiced martial arts instead. His father was angry and ordered his chief retainer Nakamitsu to kill Bijomaru. Nakamitsu could not bring himself to...
    • Okubo Hikozaemon

    • men (male humans); women; kimonos; trees; palanquins; Built complexes and districts
    • Okubo Hikozaemon Tadanori (1560-1639), a trusted advisor to Tokugawa Ieyasu, thought his neighbors had dishonored a pine tree given him by Ieyasu, and shot at them with his matchlock.
    • Princess Shiragiku

    • men (male humans); women; kimonos; ponds; plants (vegetation)
    • Princess Shiragiku, the beautiful daughter of a government official from the Enshu or Totomi area, was abducted by a rebel who had secretly developed a passion for her. With the help of Kannon, the Bodhisattva of Compassion, Shiragiku escaped into...
    • Princess Osakabe

    • men (male humans); women; swords; kimonos; shores (landforms)
    • The newly built Himeji Castle was believed, in the early 17th century, to be haunted by the Shinto spirit Osakabe Myojin. The famous warrior Miyamoto Musashi (1584?-1645) was summoned to exorcise the spirit, and he is shown here confronting...
    • Takeuchi no Sukune

    • men (male humans); women; bows (weapons); arrows; kimonos; blinds (coverings); built works; gardens; warriors
    • The warrior Takenouchi no Sukune was the trusted minister of the 3rd century empress Jingu, who is credited with conquering kingdoms on the Korean Peninsula. He is shown here in the garden of the imperial palace. Later Sukune became regent for...
    • Iga no Tsubone

    • women; men (male humans); warriors; armor (protective wear); trees; kimonos; bodies of water; fans (costume accessories)
    • Lady Iga was in service to Emperor GoDaigo (1288-1339), who was exiled to the mountains of Yoshino where he established an alternative imperial court. His palace there was haunted by the ghost of Sasaki Kiyotada, who had been executed after poorly...
    • No. 25 Date Mansion

    • women; children (people by age group); men (male humans); kimonos; lanterns (lighting devices); fusuma; interior spaces
    • In the city of Sendai, several assassination attempts were made to overthrow the Date family. The print depicts a masked assassin being overpowered by a family retainer while the young heir is shielded by his nursemaid during an attack in the...
    • Kaniman-ji

    • men (male humans); women; kimonos; books; axes (tools)
    • According the Konjaku monogatari, a devout young woman valued all sentient beings, and bought some live crabs at a market to set them free. Later when her father saw a snake about to eat a frog, he asked the snake to give up his meal in return for...
    • Kato Kiyomasa

    • men (male humans); women; warriors; swords; armor (protective wear); edged weapons; lanterns (lighting devices); trees; kimonos; gardens
    • The warrior Kato Kiyomasa (1562-1611) rescuing women from the ruins of Fushimi Castle after an earthquake struck the Kyoto area on 05 September 1596. More than 500 people were killed when the castle tower and walls collapsed. Kiyomasu brought many...
    • Lady Senju

    • women; men (male humans); bows (weapons); arrows; warriors; kimonos; swords; trees; flowers (plants); banners; fans (costume accessories); streams; folding screens
    • According to the Heike monogatari Lady Senju, a personal attendant of Minamoto no Yoritomo (1147-1199) was asked by him to sing and dance for Taira no Shigehira (1156-1185), a captured enemy of the imperial family. Shigehira, in turn, played the...
    • Gio and Gijo

    • men (male humans); women; kimonos; porches; trees; flowers (plants); calligraphy; nuns
    • The sisters Gio and Gijo were popular dancers / shirabyoshi in Kyoto, and Taira no Kiyomori (1118-1181) was particularly fond of Gio. However when a new dancer named Hotoke gozen attracted Kiyomori's attention, Gio was forced out and went into...
    • Watanabe no Tsuna

    • warriors; men (male humans); armor (protective wear); women; kimonos; swords; hats; horseback riding
    • Watanabe no Tsuna (953-1025), one of Minamoto Yorimitsu's four lieutenants (see Plate 115), volunteered to investigate strange appearances at Rashomon, the great gateway to Kyoto. There he encountered a beautiful but mysterious woman, who later...
    • Lady Suo

    • women; trees; kimonos; waterfalls (natural bodies of water); figurines; tables (support furniture); nuns; poets
    • The 11th century poet Suo no naishi, whose poem about "That spring night / Haru no yo" is included among the famous "Collection of One Hundred Poets / Hyakunin isshu," is shown encountering a Buddhist nun in the woods.
    • Imperial Minister Kibi

    • men (male humans); women; kimonos; hats; flowers (plants); brocade (textile); stools (single seating furniture)
    • Kibi no Makibi (695?-775) was sent to study in China in 717, and returned to Japan 19 years later to be the imperial adviser to Princess (and later Empress) Koken (reign 749-758). While abroad he was often homesick, especially when he saw the moon...

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