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Katsushika Hokusai, Ghost of Kohada Koheiji



Date: c. 1830
Technique: Woodblock print, 12 x 10 in.

From One Hundred Tales (Hyaku monogatari)

In this tale based on an actual event, Koheiji was killed by his wife and her lover. As revenge he returns to haunt the couple while they are in bed together inside mosquito netting. The writer Santô Kyôden, also known as the Ukiyo-e artist Kitao Masanobu, developed the Koheiji story in his 1803 novel, Bizarre Tale of Revenge at Asaka Marsh (Fukushû kidan Asaka-numa). In 1808, the story was told on the kabuki stage, where it was an immediate hit.

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