Artist: Utagawa Yoshitora (歌川芳虎)

Print: At Hell Valley on Mount Tate in Etchū Province, Nikushi Dōjin demonstrates a battle of frogs and teaches magic to the two comrades Yoshikado and Iga Ju (Etchū Tateyama no Jigokudani ni Nikushi Dōjin kawazu kassen no ki o arawashi Yoshikado Iga Ju no ryōyū)

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Dates: 1864,created
Dimensions: 9.5 in,14.25 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: woodblock print

Signed: Yoshitora ga (芳虎画)
Publisher: Iseya Kanekichi
Date seal: 1864, 6th month

Related links: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Waseda University - left panel; Waseda Univesity - middle panel; Waseda University - right panel;

Physical description:

The magician Nikushi sennin (肉芝仙人) shows Iga Jutarō (伊賀寿太郎) and Taira no Yoshikado (将軍太郎良門) on the right his frog magic.

If you click on this triptych and then enlarge it you will see that there is a whole assembly of ghoulish creatures in the background. 'Back and center' is the giant toad, while on the left side is an enormous spider and on the right a veritable army of frightening creatures, including demons, bats, a skeleton, one-eyed, two-eyed and three-eyed phantoms you would not want to run into on a dark and creepy night.