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Wedding Protest. No. 12 from the Osaka nishikiga shinbun

 

 Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Wedding Protest, No. 12

from the Osaka nishikiga shinbun

by Utagawa Yoshitaki, 1875

IHL Cat. #486

About This Print

The wedding of a 15 year old bride is protested by her ex-husband.  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

教(をし)ゆべし婦女子(むすめ)の親(をや)。慎(つつしむ)べし情(いろ)欲の道(ミち)
東京深川御船町のことにやありけん
十五の年をむかへたる。娘に婿(むこ)と
定(さだ)めたるハ。勝田作治郎とて。けふ吉日の婚礼(こんれひ)に。表(おもて)ぐハらりと
一人リの男。誰(たれ)に遠慮(えんりよ)も媒酌迄(なかふどまで)。けちらすばかりニ上座(かミざ)へなをり
皆(ミな)さん聞(きか)れよ当家(このや)の娘。おとくと夫婦の約束(やくそく)を。したのハ
おれが一番地。清水(しミづ)といへる苗字(ミやうじ)なら。泥(どろ)をぬられた此(この)つらを
洗(あら)つてくれろと威張(いばり)けれバ。四海浪(しかいなミ)さへ津波(つなミ)のごとく
大わくらんに盃(さかづき)の。九度(くど)にハあらて三々(さんざん)こつぱい。罵(ののし)る者(もの)ハ
誰(たれ)ならんと。つくづく顔(かほ)を宮本(ミやもと)と。いへる男に覚(おほへ)えある
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
綿帽子(わたぼうし)き娘(むすめ)ならで媒約(なかうど)や   
 親の天狗の曲(まが)るはな嫁(よめ)  芳瀧

Print Details

 IHL Catalog
 #486
 Title or Description  Wedding protest (No. 12 第十二号)
 Newspaper  Osaka nishikiga shinbun 大阪錦画新聞
 Artist  Utagawa Yoshitaki (1841-1899)
 Signature
Yoshitaki 
芳瀧 
 Seal  not sealed
 Writer of Text
Ishikawaya Wasuke 石川屋和助 seal reading 石和板 Ishiwa han
[Marks: pub. ref. 163; seal ref. 25-342]
 Publication Date  1875
 Publisher
 Carver unread
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  good - not backed; minor stains
 Genre  ukiyo-e; nishiki-e shinbun
 Miscellaneous  
 Format  vertical chuban
 H x W Paper
 9 3/4 x 6 7/8 in. (24.8 x 17.5 cm)
 Literature

 Collections This Print
 Kanagawa University Library; University of Tokyo Ono Hideo Collection;  Waseda University Library 10 8064 11
last revision:
4/13/2020
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