Utagawa Kuniyoshi

Miyamoto Musashi Subduing the Whale

The Ukiyo-e is printed on Echizen kizuki hosho washi (a unique kind of Japanese paper) handmade by Ichibei Iwano, a living national treasure. This makes the vivid colors and the soft, warm textures of woodcut prints come to life.

This ukiyo-e print depicts the early Edo-period swordsman Miyamoto Musashi. The text reads, “Miyamoto Musashi was born in Higo and became a retainer in Buzen. He traveled through numerous provinces perfecting his swordsmanship. Once, at sea off the coast of Hizen, he pierced an enormous right whale with his sword.” There are few written sources related to this episode, but it came to figure in numerous literary and artistic works, circulating widely and becoming embellished as one of the numerous tales of Musashi’s valor and martial prowess.

This item is temporarily out of stock.
It would be back for sale by Late February. International shipping discount is offered for pre-order.
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Price 50,000yen(Excluding Tax)

Print Size (cm)36.8 × 78.0 cm
PaperEchizen Kizuki Hosho Washimade by Living National Treasure, Ichibei Iwano
ExplanationJapanese and English
Delivery timeThis item is temporarily out of stock.
It would be back for sale by Mid January. International shipping discount is offered for pre-order.
(1,000yen OFF)
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