Kunisada (Toyokuni III)

Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III)


A Pictorial Commentary on One Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets: no. 56, Izumi Shikibu
(Hyakunin isshu esho: Izumi Shikibu)

signed Ichiyosai Toyokuni ga with red Toshidama seal, censor's seal Watarai, followed by the publisher's seal Sanoki (Sanoya Kihei of Kikakudo), ca. 1845

oban tate-e 4 1/4 by 10 in., 36.1 by 25.4 cm

A young beauty wearing a lovely kimono decorated with flowering cherry blossoms sits with a biwa resting on her knees.

After issuing the 37th design in this series (except no. 47) of 100 poet prints, Kunisada changed the framework of the compositions by eliminating the series title and replacing the poem cards with a cartouche in the shape of an open book illustrating the featured poet and poem. The portrait is of Izumi Shikibu (a contemporary of Murasaki Shikibu, the author of The Tale of Genji) and the poem is number 56 from the Hyakunin isshu.

kono yo no hoka no
omohide ni
ima hito-tabi no
afu koto mogana

Among my memories of this world, from which
I will soon be gone,
oh, how I wish there was
one more meeting, now, with you!

Joshua S. Mostow, The Hundred Poets Compared, 2007, p. 146, no. 56 (poem translation)
(inv. no. 10-5239)

price: $800


Scholten Japanese Art is open Monday - Friday, and some Saturdays by appointment only

Contact Katherine Martin at
(212) 585-0474 or email
to schedule a visit between 11am and 4pm preferably for no more than two individuals at a time.
Visitors are asked to wear face masks and practice social distancing at their discretion.

site last updated
May 25, 2023

Scholten Japanese Art
145 West 58th Street, suite 6D
New York, New York 10019
ph: (212) 585-0474
fx: (212) 585-0475