Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi (歌川国芳)

Print: Kamei Rokurō Shigekiyo fighting a black bear in the snow,
watched by Yoshitsune and his retainers

(Yoshitsune koshin: Shitenno shusse kagami no uchi Kamei Rokurō)

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Dates: 1849,created
Dimensions: 29.5 in,14.5 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: color woodblock print; oban triptych

Signed: Ichiyūsai Kuniyoshi ga
Publisher: Nishimuraya Yohachi (Marks 391)
Censor seals: Yoshimura and Kunigasa

Related links: Tokyo Metropolitan Library ; Lyon Collection - a Yoshitsuya triptych including Kamei Rokurō;

Physical description:

The cartouche in the center panel reads partially: 義経功臣 [Yoshitsune kōshin - Yoshitsune's retainers]: 四天王出世鑑之内: 亀井六郎 [Kamei Rokurō].


The first figure, toward the bottom of the hill, in the background of the right hand sheet is Nobuo Tarō (信夫太郎). The next one up the hill is Akai Tōta (赤井藤太). And on up the hill: Kumai Tarō (熊井太郎), Kisaburō Seietsu (鬼三太清悦), Eta Genzō (江田源三) and the last one is as yet unread.

On the left panel the man with the bow is Washio Saburō Tsunehisa (鷲尾三郎経久), behind him up above is Minamoto Yoshitsune - the characters provided by the Tokyo Metropolitan Library 源義経 differ from those on the print, and Suginome Kitarō (杉目小太郎).

*Note: Each of the English readings of these names is based on our use of Google translations mainly, but not entirely. As we know, the reading of Japanese names can be extremely difficult, so there may be slight variations in how they are pronounced for sure. There is also the fact that to avoid censorship laws names were changed to fictionalized versions. Only great scholars will work this out in the future and correct any errors we might have made.


There is a color illustration in Heroes and Ghosts: Japanese Prints by Kuniyoshi 1797-1861 by Robert Schaap, p. 98.


Kamei Rokurō appears in at least two different compositions in the Lyon Collection. The other one is in a triptych by Toyokuni I. See #685.