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Married in Next World, No. 862 Tokyo Nichi Nichi Shinbun

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Married in Next World

No. 862 Tokyo Nichi Nichi Shinbun

by Utagawa Yoshiiku, 1874

Man Ousts His Wife and Her Lover
IHL Cat. #421

About This Print

At the top of this "news nishiki-e" print, in the banner held aloft by two cherubs, is the name of the sponsoring newspaper, the Tokyo Nichi Nichi Shinbun 東京日々新聞.  This print depicts the marriage in the after-world, after death by double suicide, of lovers whose families rejected them.1

For a summary of the brief life of nishiki-e shinbun (newspaper color woodblock prints) see the article Nishiki-e shinbun and Newspapers in Meiji Japan.

1 website of William Wetherall www.nishikie.com

Story Translation (partial) by William Wetherall

Source: Nishiki-e Shinbun website of William Wetherall http://www.nishikie.com/stories/TNS-0862_married_in_next_world.html
"A man and woman in the village of Komoro in the province of Musashi -- where colors remain unchanged for a thousand, even eight thousand eras, and there is no white hair and one day counts as two or three generations -- lamenting the thinness of their kharma in the present world, and hopeless -- died for love at an incense and flower temple."

Japanese Transcription of Text

Source: University of Tokyo website http://t4.iii.u-tokyo.ac.jp/archives/digital_archives/ono_collection/contents/item.6.N046.html [note: website no longer active]
千代八千代かはらぬ色のもろ
白髪それにハあらで一日を二世と
三世にこめたるハ武蔵(むさし)の国小諸(もろ)
村の男女(ふたり)になん現(この)世の縁(えん)のうすき
をうらみ覚束(おぼつか)なくも未来(さきのよ)を香花(たのみの)
院(てら)にて情死(しようし)せしに余時(そのとき)住僧(じうじ)の嚇死(かくし)
せし迄ハ既に前号に詳(つまびらか)なり両親(りようしん)これ
を悲(かな)しミ黄泉(よミぢ)のさわりと白雪(ゆき)の帽子(ぼうし)
姿(すがた)に女を粧(よそ)ほひ男もシヤンと麻(あさ)上下どこ
やらそぐはぬ三々九度色直しの床入り
まで宛然(さながら)生(いけ)る人の如く親類(しんるい)もお目出
度のおひらきと合(しう) (げん)の礼全く畢(おは)り再
同穴(けつ)の葬儀(そうぎ)を遂(と)げたり高砂(たかさご)の諷(うた)ひ終ハざるに
念佛(ねんぶつ)の声つぐ若しこの媒酌(なかうど)を件(くだん)の僧(そう)に
托(たく)せハ三人揃(そろ)ひし夜台(やたい)の奇縁(きえん)ああ
恋路(こひぢ)の闇(やミ)子ゆゑの闇いとも
黒白(あや)なき事になん
山人誌

Print Details

 IHL Catalog
 #421
 Title or Description  Married in Next World (八百六十二号 No. 862)
 Newspaper  Tokyo Nichi Nichi Shinbun 東京日々新聞
 Artist  Utagawa Yoshiiku (1833-1904)
 Signature
Keisai Yoshiiku 恵斎芳幾
 Seal  芳幾 Yoshiiku (see above)
 Writer of Text
 Sanjin 山人
 Publication Date  November 26, 1874
 Publisher
Gusokuya Kahei 具足屋嘉兵衛, [Marks: pub. ref. 085; seal ref. 24-031]

seal reading:
top: 人形町 Ningyōchō
bottom: 具足屋 Gusokuya
 Carver
Watanabe Horiei 渡辺彫栄
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  fair - large brown stain in upper right corner, part of left edge and a number of worm holes have been repaired from back, wrinkling, some water staining
 Genre  ukiyo-e; nishiki-e shinbun
 Miscellaneous  
 Format  vertical oban
 H x W Paper
 14 1/8 x 9 5/8 in. (35.9 x 24.4 cm)
 Literature

 Collections This Print
 The University of Tokyo Digital Archives Ono Hideo Collection N046
last revision:
4/8/2020
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