The Ghost of Oyuki

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The Ghost of Oyuki
Artist Maruyama Okyo
Year 1750
Type Ink on silk

The Ghost of Oyuki (お雪の幻 Oyuki no maboroshi?) is a painting of a female yūrei, (a traditional Japanese ghost), by Maruyama Ōkyo (1733–1795), founder of the Maruyama-Shijō school of painting.

According to an inscription on the painting, Okyo had a mistress in the Tominaga Geisha house. She died young and Okyo mourned her death. One night her spirit came to him in a dream, and unable to get her image out of his head he painted this portrait. This is one of the earliest paintings of a yūrei with the basic late-Edo period ghost characteristics[citation needed]: disheveled hair, white or pale blue robe, limp hands, nearly transparent, lack of lower body.


  • Iwasaka, Michiko and Toelken, Barre. Ghosts and the Japanese: Cultural Experiences in Japanese Death Legends, Utah State University Press, 1994. ISBN 0-87421-179-4