Utagawa Yoshiiku

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Signatures of Utagawa Yoshiiku reading from left to right: “Chōkarō Yoshiiku ga” (朝霞楼 芳幾 画), “Ikkeisai Yoshiiku ga” (一恵斎 芳幾 画), and “Ikkunsai Yoshiiku ga” (一薫斎 芳幾 画)
In this Japanese name, the family name is "Utagawa".

Utagawa Yoshiiku (歌川 芳幾?, 1833 - February 6, 1904), also known as or Ochiai Yoshiiku (落合 芳幾?), was a Japanese artist of the Utagawa school.[1]

Early life[edit]

Yoshiiku was the son of a teahouse proprietor and became a student of Utagawa Kuniyoshi.


Yoshiiku is known as a ukiyo-e print designer and as a newspaper illustrator.[2]

He was a co-founder of the Tokyo Nichi Nichi Shinbun, an illustrated daily hiragana newspaper in 1874.


Yoshiiku's works include the print Kokkei Wanisshi-ki (滑稽倭日史記) "Comical Record of Japanese History"), which employs the traditional theme of Hyakki Yakō on contemporary Japanese military actions in China. He cooperated with Tsukioka Yoshitoshi in the production of the muzan-e or 'cruel pictures' series Eimei nijūhasshūku (“Twenty-eight famous murders with verse”).[3]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Lane, Richard. (1978). Images from the Floating World, The Japanese Print, p. 355.
  2. ^ Newland, Amy Reigle. (2005). The Hotei Encyclopedia of Japanese Woodblock Prints, Vol. 2, p. 505.
  3. ^ Forbes, Andrew ; Henley, David (2012). 28 Famous Murders. Chiang Mai: Cognoscenti Books. ASIN: B00AGHJVOS


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