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Wedding Protest


 Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Wedding Protest

by Utagawa Yoshitaki, 1875

IHL Cat. #486

About This Print

The wedding of a 15 year old bride is protested.  For further information on what's transpiring here, a transcription of the kanji is provided below.  This print is no. 12 out of a known 25 prints.1

The red and white cartouche in the upper right hand corner provides the date 明治八年 (Meiji 7 or 1875) the name of the paper 大阪錦画新聞 (Osaka nishikiga news) and the print number 第十二号 (12).

Following their introduction in Tokyo, nishiki-e shinbun made their appearance in Osaka.  The Osaka issued prints differed from their Tokyo counterparts in being half-size (chuban rather than oban size) and not tied to a particular newspaper.

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 William Wetherall's News Nishiki-e http://members.jcom.home.ne.jp/yosha/nn/articles/ONgS_variations.html

Kanji Transcription

Source: University of Tokyo Ono Hideo Collection http://www.iii.u-tokyo.ac.jp/archives/digital_archives/ono_collection/contents/item.2.N016.html

娘も今ハ面目(めんぼく)も。なくにもなけぬしたらなりけり                 右正情堂九化誌
 親の天狗の曲(まが)るはな嫁(よめ)  芳瀧

Print Details

 IHL Catalog
 Title or Description  Wedding protest
 Newspaper  Osaka nishikiga news
 Artist  Utagawa Yoshitaki (1841-1899)
 Signature  Sasaki Yoshitaki 笹木芳瀧 
 Seal  not sealed
 Writer of Text
 attributed to Hochi, Yomiuri1
 Publication Date  1875
 Publisher  Alternatively published by Awabun and Sekiwa2
 Carver unread
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  good - not backed; minor stains
 Genre  ukiyo-e; nishiki-e shinbun
 Format  vertical chuban
 H x W Paper
 9 3/4 x 6 7/8 in. (24.8 x 17.5 cm)

 Collections This Print
 Kanagawa University Library; University of Tokyo Ono Hideo Collection;  Waseda University Library 10 8064 11

1 William Wetherall's News Nishiki-e http://members.jcom.home.ne.jp/yosha/nn/articles/ONgS_variations.html
2 William Wetherall's News Nishiki-e site http://members.jcom.home.ne.jp/yosha/nn/almanac/Almanac_news_nishikie.html