Posted by Guy Pepermans (18.104.22.168) on April 24, 2018 at 12:04:46:
In Reply to: Re: unknown print part 2 posted by Hans Olof Johansson on April 23, 2018 at 15:03:47:
Asano and Clark in 'Kitagawa Utamaro' (Vol. 2, nr. 279) give this description but I believe that the subject matter refers directly or indirectly (as a 'mitate') to the tragic lovers Koharu and Jihei on their final journey before committing suicide. The umbrella symbolizes their unity in marriage.
Stories of tragic lovers and adaptations for j˘ruri and later kabuki were veru much en vogue at that specific time.
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