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Scene VIII: The Bridal Journey

Utagawa Kunisada, Japanese, (1786–1865)

Creation date: 1859
Creation place: Japan

Other Information

Type: Print
Medium and Support: Woodblock on paper
Credit Line: Gift of Captain George B. Powell, Jr., JAGC, USN
Accession Number: 2009.123
Dimensions: 14 in. x 9 5/16 in. (35.56 cm x 23.65 cm)


George B. Powell, ( - 6/1/09)

San Diego Museum of Art, (6/1/09 - )

Label Copy

Konami was engaged to be married to the son of Yuranosuke, the hero of the story. The wedding has been called off, however, because her father Honz? brought shame to the family by preventing Lord Enya from slaying his enemy Moronao. In the midground of this print, Konami and her mother are shown en route to Yuranosuke’s home to try to persuade him to allow the marriage to go forward. Along the way they pass some of the iconic sights of Japan, including Mount Fuji and the Miho pine forest. The depressed Konami gazes at the scenery and a festive bridal procession in the foreground and sighs, “If things were as they used to be, I should now be traveling in just such splendor and luxury for the great occasion of my life.”
Last Updated: 10/29/2010


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Dreams and Diversions: 250 Years of Japanese Prints from the San Diego Museum of San Diego Museum of Art , 11/6/2010 - 6/5/2011

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