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Shinohara Kunimoto from the series Kagoshima Competition for Glory


 Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Shinohara Kunimoto

from the series Kagoshima Competition for Glory

by Utagawa Kunimasa IV, 1877

Rokkasen Kyōga no Suminuri

IHL Cat. #2274

About This Print

Shinohara Kunimoto (1837-1877)
Portraying Shinohara Kunimoto, a long-time friend of Saigō Takamori and a former major general and commander of the Imperial Guards who resigned after Saigō left the Imperial government. He accompanied Saigō on his return to Kagoshima and was later to head the shigakkō infantry school, part of a system of private schools in Kagoshima supported by Saigō and set up "as a way to inculcate samurai values [in] the last generation of birthright samurai."1 Shinohara was to command Saigō's 2nd division and died at the Battle of Tabaruzaka on March 3, 1877. He is buried along with Saigō at the Nanshū Cemetery in Kagoshima. 

It is one of six prints in the series titled 
Kagoshima eimei kurabe, loosely translated as "Kagoshima Competition for Glory".  Each of the six prints portrays an important rebel figure in the 1877 Satsuma Rebellion, as shown below. See the article Prints of the Satsuma Rebellion on this site for more information on the Rebellion and the prints it spawned.

1 "Saigō Takamori in the Emergence of Meiji Japan", Charles L. Yates appearing in Modern Asian Studies, Vol. 28, No. 3 (Jul., 1994), Cambridge University Press, p. 467.

All Six Prints

Print Details

 IHL Catalog
 Title or Description Shinohara Kunimoto 篠原国幹
 Series Kagoshima Competition for Glory
 鹿児島英名竸 [鹿児島英名競] Kagoshima eimei kurabe
 Artist Utagawa Kunimasa IV (1848-1920)
 Signature Takenōchi Hidehisa 竹内栄久 [the birth name of  Utagawa Kunimasa IV, as shown in the  publisher's cartouche below]
 Seal no seal
 Publication Date
September 1, 1877
Hasegawa Sakujirō 
長谷川作治郎 [Marks: publisher not shown]

left: 版元 [publisher] 
通新石町十二番地 [address] 
福田熊治郎 [Hasegawa Sakujirō]

right: 画工 [artist]
通新石町二十四番地 [address] 
竹内栄久 [Takenōchi Hidehisa, artist's birth name] 
 Impression excellent
 Colors fair - fading and toning
 Condition poor – extensive wrinkling, period backing sheet; paper loss along left margin; bottom right and within image
 Genre ukiyo-erekishi-e
 Format vertical oban
 H x W Paper 
 13 7/8 x 9 5/16 in. (35.2 x 23.7 cm)
 Collections This Print
 Tokyo Metropolitan Library 1594-C8-5
last revision:
4/4/2020 created