Scary Pictures of Ukiyo-e
2016, August 2nd ～28th
(will be closed on August 8, 15, 22nd)
Test of Courage at the Museum
“Scary”, “Horrifying” – fear is a universal feeling that people have. People hate and avoid those that are unknown, dangerous, and weird. However, as is evident in the word “Curiosity overcomes fear” fear also brings strong feelings of curiosity. At times, even fear close to danger can be a thrilling excitement for people. Perhaps it is this “Curiosity overcomes fear” that create the popularity of horror and suspense.
People of the Edo were also very interested in scary, horrifying things. Ghost stories were popular as represented in the Kabuki play, “Tōkaidō Yotsuya Kaidan” by Tsuruya Nanboku IV. There were also many Ukiyo-e depicting ghosts and horrifying bloody scenes. At this exhibition, we will look at horror of the Edo from Ukiyo-e. There are ghosts full of grudge from their lifetime such as Kasane, Oiwa, and Sutoku-in, as well as ogres, sea monsters, demon spiders, other weird-looking creatures and pictures full of blood. We hope you enjoy the variety of fear with a pleasant chill.
Ghosts are departed souls wandering in the world after death. In the late Edo period, ghost and monster themed novels and kabuki plays became popular, and many kinds of ghosts were depicted in ukiyo-e wood-block prints. In this section, we will introduce the figures of horrible ghosts such as Kasane, Oiwa, Okiku, Asakura Tōgo and Sutoku-in, and others that died an unnatural death and accomplished revenge with a terrible grudge.
3, Blood-stained Pictures
《Highlight Work of Picture》
Utagawa Kuniyohi “Kabuki Actor, “Ichikawa KodanjiⅣ as Ghost of Oiwa”” (Ōta Memorial Museum of Art)
A beautiful young woman, Oiwa is dancing with an insect cage and a round fan in her hands. Fireflies are flying in the black of night. Taking a closer look at this picture, shows the horrible appearance of the ghost of Oiwa dancing behind. The depiction of her appearance is horrible with her hair shed and bone bare. This picture depicts the scene from the kabuki play, “Manetemimasu Yotsuya no Sakigaki” performed in September, 1848 in Ichimura-za Theater. The play borrowed the style from the famous play, “Tōkaidō Yotsuya Kaidan”. This picture depicts the final stage froma the dream scene of the story. The beautiful young woman, Oiwa appears in the dream of main character, Iemon, who committed numerous evil deeds. However, when the beautiful Oiwa drops her mask, she reveals her ghost form, making this scene both beautiful and horrible. Great kabuki actor, Ichikawa DanjūrōⅣ played the role of Oiwa. This picture is a part of a two-pair picture. On the left part of the prints, kabuki actor, Ichikawa Danjūrō I is playing the role of Iemon and Nakamura KantarōⅠis playing the role of Akiyama Chōbei.
|University and High school students||500 yen|
|Junior High School Students and below||Free|
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