Yoshimori Utagawa, Playing Kemari, Famous Places of Kyoto


Artist: Yoshimori Utagawa (1830 - 1885)
Title: Ouchi Kemari no Uran
Series: Tokaido, Famous Places of Kyoto
Publisher: Otaya Takichi
Date: 1862
Size: 24.2 x 35.3 cm

Original Japanese woodblock print.

A group of noblemen plays the Japanese football game - kemari. It is a non-competitive sport of the court, requiring eight participants who attempt to kick a deer-skin ball (mari) into the air repeatedly without letting it touch the ground.

In the image, watched by the group of samurai on the right, the players wear full flowing robes and court hats, kicking the ball between them. The whole scene is framed by blossoming cherry trees, the sign of spring.

Yoshimori Utagawa

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Print FormatOban (Vertical)
ArtistYoshimori Utagawa
SubjectSamurai & Male
Dimensions24.2 x 35.3 cm
Condition ReportBacked left margin, slight creases and thinned areas from the previous mounting, minor spots, slightly yellowed margins.