Satsuma no Fukuyorime


Satsuma no Fukuyorime
Print   (Part of the set: Akashi-ban Surimono)

Harunobu Gakutei


Print is Public Domain; Photography is:   Creative Commons License


Fukuyorime's parents didn't have any sons, and the three of them lived a poor life in Satsuma Province in Kyushu. Fukuyorime, who had perfect etiquette and deeply respected her parents, worked as a hired labourer for twenty years in order to support them, and is remembered in this beautiful surimono for her piety to them. In the image we see the parents and their daughter relaxing around the hearth at home. The lightly coloured flower pattern in the background and the bokashi gradation on the kimono are to be noted.

This is one print from the Motomachiren Honchō Nijūshikō (本町連 本朝廿四孝, "Twenty-Four Japanese Paragons of Filial Piety for the Honchō Poetry Circle") series of surimono prints by Gakutei (Motomachiren can also be read Honchōren).

The "Veritable Records of Emperor Montoku" mentioned in the title of the print refers to the Nihon Montoku Tennō Jitsuroku (日本文徳天皇実録, "The True History of Emperor Montoku of Japan"), a Japanese history text completed in 879 covering the years 850-858 (the years of reign of Emperor Montoku (827-858)). The poem in the print is by Fukunoya Uchinari (福の屋内成), a late Edo period poet.

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