Kanaya


Artist
Tamenobu Fujikawa (Japanese, active circa 1910-1920)
Date
1918
Medium
Woodblock print
Dimensions
Sheet : 9 9/16 x 14 in. (24.29 x 35.56 cm)
Credit Line
Hope College Collection
Object Number
2014.13.26

Label
Kanaya was on the opposite side of the Ōi River from Shimada. Here, Kita hires a sedan chair to carry him to the next town. As they are passing through hilly terrain, they meet a Buddhist pilgrim who asks them for some alms. Kita leans out of his sedan chair and shouts at the pilgrim to leave them alone, but his exertions cause the seat of the sedan chair to collapse. The bearers offer to re-tie the seat using white loin cloths, but when Yaji points out that the white cloths will make the sedan chair look like it is part of a funeral procession (white being the traditional color of mourning in Japan), Kita decides he has had enough bad luck and chooses to walk instead, even though it has started raining.

Object Type
Print