Utagawa Yoshiiku (歌川芳幾 - 1833-1904) (artist )

Chōkarō ( - 朝霞楼)
Ikkeisai ( - 一恵斎)
Ikujirō (nickname - 幾次郎)
Keiami ( - 蕙阿弥)
Keisai ( - 蕙斎)
Sairakusai ( - 洒落斎)
Ochiai (family name - 落合)



"Ukiyo-e printmaker, illustrator. Born in Edo, son of the proprietor of a teahouse in the Yoshiwara. Apprenticed to the owner of a pawnshop; soon left to become a pupil of Utagawa Kuniyoshi. After the Meiji Restoration became a popular and well-known newspaper illustrator, working in 1874 for the Tōkyō Nichi-nichi Shimbun as an illustrator and, in 1875, for the Tōkyō Eiri Shimbun as a cartoonist. His subjects included actors and bijin and, particularly, ghostly scenes, done in the exaggerated manner and harsh colors of the mid-19th century. Also, illustrated numerous books."

Quoted from: A Dictionary of Japanese Artists... by Laurance P. Roberts, p. 193.


Sarah E. Thompson noted in Undercurrents in the Floating World: Censorship and Japanese Prints on page 88 that Yoshiiku was a "...cofounder of the Tokyo Nichinichi Shimbun (Tokyo Daily News, the predecessor of the Mainichi Shimbun, [and that he] designed a series of color prints by the same title. The first in teh series dated October 1874, shows "the murder of the chaste woman Sen by the lascivious priest Keizan"..."


He died on February 6, 1904.