Sunday, 12 February 2012

Kitsune in Japanese art Research

Title: The Foxes’ Wedding (Kitsune no yomeiri no zu)
Description: The red torii of the Inari Shrine on the far right is the starting point of a foxes’ wedding procession passing through a cedars’ alley. The foxes depicted in the centre have fully transformed into human beings while the heads of the figures in the left and right panels still resemble foxes. The animals in front of and behind the procession are entirely foxes.  The term kitsune no yomeiri (fox’s wedding) refers to the occurrence of rain occurring during brilliant sunshine, which is said to occur a fox bride is going through the woods to the house of her fox groom
Date: 1839-1842
Publisher: Eshima

Man confronted with apparition of fox goddess - Utagawa Kuniyoshi c.1850 (

Japanese Edo Period woodblock print by HIROSHIGE (1797-1858). The print is from Hiroshige's famous MEISHO EDO HYAKKEI, One Hundred Famous Views of Edo. This is number 118 from the series. It is called Oji, Shozoku-enoki, omisoka no kitsune-bi, New Year's Eve Foxfires, at Nettle Tree, Oji. 

Kuniyoshi Ichiyusai - Kuzunoha was a popular figure in Japanese folklore, her true fox form is visible in the screen.

Utagawa Kuniyoshi - Prince Hanzoku terrorised by a nine- tailed fox (

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