Ukiyo-e Woodblocks by
Toyohara Kunichika was born in the Kyobashi district
of Tokyo in 1835. His original name was Yasohachi
Oshima, but he later took the name of Kunichika
which is based on the names of his two teachers,
the artists Kunisada and Chikanobu.
Kunichika is one of the last and best known of
the Ukiyo-e artists, the artists of who documented
the life of samurai, actors, and geishas of the
"Floating World." He worked during the
Kunichika was particularly known for his images
of tough but cool actors and samurai. Today tatoo
images based on his woodblocks of exaggeratedly
masculine figures remain a favorite choice of
underworld gang members.
See Additional Japanese Woodblock Prints