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

Print: Cherry blossoms at night with Mitsuuji
and two bijin from a Rustic Genji theme
[Nise Murasaki inaka Genji - 偐紫田舎源氏] -

Bookmark and Share
Dates: circa 1847 - 1850,created
Dimensions: 30.0 in,14.0 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: color woodblock print; ōban triptych

Signed: Toyokuni ga (豊國画)
Publisher: Ebisuya Shōshichi (Marks 039 - seal 26-007)
Censor: Mera and Murata

Related links: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Waseda University;

Physical description:

The male character in the center, probably Mitsuuji, the rustic Genji, is easily identifiable by his 'shrimp's-tail' hair style. The woman in the right-hand panel is holding his sword by wrapping a purple cloth around it and, hence, not touching it directly. That makes this a repetitive motif.

This occurs in another 'Rustic Genji' triptych in the Lyon Collection as well. In that case, there are three full figures in a garden with cherry blossoms in bloom there, too.


This triptych is listed but not illustrated in Andreas Marks Genji's World in Japanese Woodblock Prints. It appears at G#169.