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Married in Next World

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Married in Next World

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 nichinichi 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website http://t4.iii.u-tokyo.ac.jp/archives/digital_archives/ono_collection/contents/item.6.N046.html [note: website no longer active]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 nichinichi shinbun 東京日々新聞
 Artist  Utagawa Yoshiiku (1833-1904)
 Signature
Keisai Yoshiiku 恵斎芳幾
 Seal  see above - square artist seal reading Yoshiiku
 Writer of Text
 Sanjin 山人
 Publication Date  November 26, 1874
 Publisher
Gusokuya 具足屋 Kahei, Ningyōchō 人形町 [Marks: pub. ref. 085; seal ref. 24-031]
 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
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