Yoshitoshi's 'One Hundred Ghost Stories of China and Japan'

Yoshitoshi's 'One Hundred Ghost Stories of China and Japan ' (1865)


Introduction

This page catalogs all known prints in Yoshitoshi's series 'Wakan hyaku monogatari (One hundred ghost stories of China and Japan)'.

This series dates from early in Yoshitoshi's career. It was one of his first major series, and his first to illustrate ghosts. It was an ambitious attempt by Yoshitoshi, but only 26 of the 100 prints were ever published.

The series was based upon a game where fearsome stories are told by candlelight - one light being extinguished after each story told (note the candle on the title page). The series demonstrates Yoshitoshi's ability to deal with gruesome material at an early stage.

Technical details

Previous cataloguings

Listed in Keyes' thesis:
	Roger. S. Keyes, "Courage and Silence: A Study of the Life and
		Color Woodblock Prints of Tsukioka Yoshitoshi 1839-1892",
		Cinncinnati, 1982
where it appears as series #134;
	Eric van den Ing, Robert Schaap, "Beauty and Violence: Japanese
		Prints by Yoshitoshi 1839-1892",
		Havilland, Eindhoven, 1992

where it appears as series #10 (pg. 35);

	Shinichi Segi, "Yoshitoshi: The Splendid Decadent",
		Tokyo, Japan, 1985

where it appears as color plates 2-4, pages 28, 103, 112.

 

We use the Keyes numbers to order the prints below.


The Prints

To see a larger image of any print, please click on the thumbnail.


 
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Number
Date
Title
Description
Title page
2/1865-9/1865
One hundred ghost stories of China and Japan  
#01
2/1865
Kayo Fujin, the consort of Prince Hanzoku of India, with a severed head  
#02
2/1865
Samanosuke Mitsutoshi with fox fires  
#03
2/1865
Suma Urabe Suetaka meeting a ghost with child  
#04
2/1865
Shirafuji Genta with a kappa  
#05
2/1865
Mashiba Dairy Hisayoshi Ko in lightening  
#06
2/1865
Tawara Toda protecting the dragon's daughter from the giant millipede  
#07
2/1865
Watanabe no Tsuna on horse in rain  
#08
2/1865
Toki Daishiro fighting the demon  
#09
2/1865
Kusunoki Tamonmaru Masatsura surprising a fox ghost  
#10
2/1865
Oda Harunaga and a page with a lantern  
#11
2/1865
Minamoto Raiko Ason watching a spider  
#12
2/1865
Shutendoji surrounded by women  
#13
6/1865
Lord Teishin with a demon behind a screen  
#14
6/1865
Raishin and the wind and thunder gods  
#15
8/1865
Fuwa Bansaku in ruined temple with black monster on umbrella  
#16
8/1865
Miyamoto Musashi slashing a tengu  
#17
9/1865
Kiyohime emerging from the Hidaka River  
#18
9/1865
Iga no Tsubone with tengu  
#19
9/1865
The greedy lady with the box of demons  
#20
9/1865
The wrestler Onogawa Kisaburo blowing smoke at a one-eyed moster  
#21
9/1865
Saginooike Heikuro fishing  
#22
9/1865
Taro Mitsukuni watching skeletons  
#23
Shomu and the elephant  
#24
9/1865
Fudesuke and the ghost of the woman in the waterfall  
#25
9/1865
Kon Sosho facing a dragon on a rocky promontory over the sea  
#26
1865
Nikki Danjo Naonori changing into a rat  









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