Artist: Utagawa Kunisada (歌川国貞) / Toyokuni III (三代豊国)

Print: Iwai Kumesaburō III as Sakurahime (さくら姫) above and Ichikawa Danjūrō VIII as Seigen (清玄) below from the play Koigoromo Karigane-zome (恋衣雁金染)

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Dates: 1852,created
Dimensions: 9.375 in,26.5 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print

Signed: Toyokuni ga (豊国画)
Publisher: Tsujiya Yasubei
Censors' seals: Kinugasa and Murata
Seal: shita-uri or 'discreet sale' (シタ売)

Related links: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Tokyo Metropolitan Library - top panel; Tokyo Metropolitan Library - bottom panel; Shizuoka Prefectural Library;

Physical description:

This print depicts a young woman floating through the air, clutching an umbrella, descending toward the ground. "Leaping from the stage..." is a phrase still used today to describe a bold act. "Is said to originate the ancient practice of jumping from a height to achieve fulfilment of a wish, such as the cure of an illness or success in a love affair." Eventually the platform at Kiyomizu Temple was incorporated into this description.