Artist: Utagawa Toyokuni I (初代歌川豊国)

Print: Umbrella monster (Kasa-obake 傘おばけ or Karakasa-obake から傘おばけ) from the series Seven Changes: Arashi Sangorō III... (Shichi Henge Sangorō - 七変化嵐三五郎)

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Dates: created,1815
Dimensions: 10.25 in,15.0 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print

Signature: Toyokuni ga
Publisher: Yamamotoya Heikichi (Marks 595 - seal 04-007)

Related links: Ritsumeikan University - another print from same series; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - an 1857 Toyokuni III composition which includes an ippon ashi; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - another composition from 1857 by Toyokuni III including an ippon ashi;

Physical description:

Arashi Raishi II held the name of Arashi Sangorō III from the 11th lunar month of 1797 to the 1st lunar month of 1823.

Kasa-obake (Japanese: 傘おばけ) are mythical ghosts (yōkai 妖怪) in Japanese folklore. They are sometimes, but not always, considered tsukumogami (付喪神), a tool which becomes imbued with living spirit after long use. They are also called "karakasa-obake" (から傘おばけ), "kasa-bake" (傘化け), and "karakasa kozō" (唐傘小僧).


This character is also referred to as an 'Ippon ashi no obake' (壱本足ノお化) or one-legged ghost.