Warrior Asahina Kobayashi
The Japanese art of Ukiyo-e (“Pictures of the floating [or sorrowful] world”) developed in the city of Edo (now Tokyo) during the Tokugawa or Edo Period (1600-1868), a relatively peaceful era during which the Tokugawa shoguns ruled Japan and made Edo the seat of power. The Ukiyo-e tradition of woodblock printing and painting continued into the 20th century. This 1862 print is a half-length portrait of an actor, wearing a robe with a bird motif, in the role of Asahina. The print is from the series The 36 Stars of the Modern Day (Tōsei Mitate Sanjū Rokkasen). Asahina Kobayashi was a warrior of the Kamakura period (late 12th to early 14th century) known for great strength and valor. In this Kabuki act, however, Asahina plays the clown.
Title in Original Language
Kobayashi no Asahina
Type of Item
1 print: woodcut, color ; 29.0 x 21.3 centimeters
Last updated: September 20, 2013