Shunbaisai Hokuei

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Signatures of Shunbaisai Hokuei reading from left to right: “Shunkōsai Hokuei” (春江斎 北英), “Sekkarō Hokuei ga” (雪花楼 北英 画), and “Shunkō ga” (春江 画)
Keisei Ura no Asagin Woodblock print by Shunkôsai Hokuei. The play "Keisei Ura no Asagin" describes an unsuccessful attempt by a villain named Karahashi, a subject of the Aboshi clan, to steal the clan treasures and install his son as leader. In act 3, Kowari Dennai, a hunter who is a relative of the true heir, is traveling to the Aboshi domains to settle the succession. Arashi Rikan II plays Kowari Dennai.

Shunbaisai Hokuei (Japanese: 春梅斎 北英; d. 1837), also known as Shunkō III, was a designer of ukiyo-e style Japanese woodblock prints in Osaka, and was active from about 1824 to 1837. He was a student of Shunkōsai Hokushū. Hokuei’s prints most often portray the kabuki actor Arashi Rikan II.[1]

Shunbaisai Hokuei should not be confused with Tōkōen Hokuei (桃幸園 北英), an early 19th-century Edo (Tokyo) printmaker who is also commonly referred to as "Hokuei".[2]


  1. ^ Newland, 2005, p. 488
  2. ^ Roberts, 1976, p. 48