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Kunichika

Ichikawa Danjuro IX as Soga no Gorō (1898)

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  • Capturing the beauty of the original artwork

    Every one of our prints is made using the Giclee printing process, for a museum-quality look and feel that does justice to the original art.

    Giclee printing is the gold-standard for preserving the meticulous detail and stunning colors that we love in the Japanese masters. All our prints are fade and fingerprint resistant, so you can enjoy their beauty for years to come.

    We chose to offer 12”x18” (30cm x 45cm) as this was closest to the “chuban” size sheets used for woodblock prints historically.

    All of our prints come with matte finish for a more authentic appearance.

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    Mounting brackets are included and centered on our framed prints and canvas wraps.

    All of our prints are made to last, with fade-resistant colors and materials. See how they arrive in the unboxing videos below.

  • About the Art

    Soga noGorō is poised, sword lifted high in rage, ready to fight his opponent. Pictured in deep creams, wines and blues, Kunichika expresses the drama and movement of the scene with his intricate line work. Renowned Kabuki actor Ichikawa Danjuro IX was often portrayed by Kunichika, seen here in the play "The Illustrated Tale of the Soga Brothers".

    A tale of honour and duty, revenge and vendetta, the story of the Soga brothers is regarded as the last of the 'Gunki Monogatari', or "greatwar tales", and originates from the 12th century. Based somewhat on a true story, the plot surrounds two young brothers, SogaJūrōand Soga Gorō.

    When the brothers were infants, Suketsune murdered their father in a fight over land rights. As they grew up, the brothers trained to become skilled Samurai fighters; awaiting the day that they could avenge their father. But eighteen years passed, and Suketsune had risen in the ranks to become a powerful councillor of the Shogun, making the task all the more difficult.

    One day the brothers heard that Suketsune was close by on a hunting trip with the Shogun. They waited for the cloak of night, snuck into his tent and killed him. A fight broke out with the Shogun’s men, SogaJūrō was killed and Soga Gorō was captured then later executed. Although a classic operatic tragedy, this Kabuki story was seen positively, as a tale that restores family honour.

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    We're sure you'll love your prints. However, if there are any problems with the printing, we're happy to offer a free exchange or refund 100% of the purchase price. Simply return the print within 30 days. For full details of our refunds and exchanges policy click here.


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