Utagawa Kuniyoshi: The Sixty-Nine Stations of the Kisokaido

Utagawa Kuniyoshi_The Sixty-Nine Stations of the Kisokaido

“Tsubouchi Shoyo pointed out that the story of Yuriwaka [Daijin] is strikingly similar to the basic plot of Homer’s Odyssey…. Further research by various scholars has shown that the Yuriwaka story is not found in older Japanese sources but appeared suddenly in the late sixteenth century, just when Jesuit missionaries were most active in Japan…. Moreover, the name Yuri (Lily) is very unusual for a man, but it could well be a Japanese abbreviation of Ulysses.”

“[The] purple headband is a kabuki convention indicating physical or mental illness.”

Three kinds of drunkards: sanshiki jogo, sannin jogo, or sannin namayoi; the weepy drunk, the giggly drunk, and the belligerent drunk.

The Tale of the Soga Brothers: “Juro is thoughtful, and Goro impetuous. Goro traditionally wears robes decorated with butterflies, and Juro’s robes are decorated with plovers.”

yamazame = mountain shark

“…the kabuki play The War of the Go Board: A Tale of Shiraishi, which deals with two sisters who learn martial arts in order to avenge the murder of their father.”

The Storehouse of Loyal Retainers/Chushingura takes place in the same world as A Ghost Story at Yotsuya.

some information I enjoyed from The Sixty-Nine Stations of the Kisokaido, by the very erudite Sarah E. Thompson
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