Kuniyoshi Utagawa, Ogura, One Hundred Poets, Tattoo Design

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Original Japanese woodblock print.

Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797 – 1861)
Title: Ariwara no Narihira Ason
Series: Ogura Nazora-e Hyakunin Isshu (Imitation of Ogura One Hundred Poets)
Published: 1845 – 1849

Each print in this series by Kuniyoshi is a twist of one of the poems from the most-beloved collection of Japanese poetry, One Hundred Poets, One Poem Each, with a scene from Japanese history or theatre. This print shows Kawako Rochishin, a tattooed priest and of the beloved heroes of Suikoden.

The poem reads:

Even when the gods
Held sway in the ancient days,
I have never heard
Of the water gleaming with autumn red
As it does in Tatsu River


Poem by Ariwara Narihira Ason

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Artist Name Kuniyoshi Utagawa
Title Ariwara no Narihira Ason
Subject Samurai & Male
Series Ogura Imitation of the Hundred Poets