Artist: Utagawa KuniyoshiFifty-three parallels of the Tokaido "Kuwana". The sailor, Tokuzo, and Umibozu, the sea monsterFirst EditionSigned: Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi gaPublisher: Kojima-ya JubeiDate: c. 1843-45Size: oban tate-e (c. 36. 5 x 24 cms / 14 3/8 x 9 1/2 inches)Medium: Japanese Woodblock Print
"The sailor Kawanaya Tokuzo decides to go to sea on the last day of the year, although most sailors believe it unpropitious to leave port on this day. A violent storm breaks out during Tokuzo's voyage:
the waves reach terrific heights and suddenly the sea monster Umibozu appears out of nowhere. In a
loud, hollow voice he demands of Kawanaya Tokuzo: "Name the most horrible thing that you know!" Unperturbed, the hero answers: "My profession, that's the most horrible thing I know." The monster, apparently satisfied with this answer, disappears and the storm is abated. This image is related to the forty-third post-station along the Tokaido, Kuwana." (1797 - 1861)
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