Yada Jirōemon Suketake

Gishi chūshin kagami [Mirror of the Loyal Retainers]
Creation date
Shimizu-ya Naojiro
color woodblock print
Mark Descriptions
censor seal: Mera/Murata | seal: unidentified | inscribed: (unread biographical text) | signed: Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi ga (with paulownia seal)
Credit line
Gift of Tom and Nancy Yamamoto
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矢多次郎右衛門助武 from Gishi chūshin kagami (Mirror of the Loyal Retainers)義士忠心鑑

Suketake was one of 47 loyal rōnin who were sentenced by the government to commit seppuku (hara-kiri)after avenging the death of their lord in 1703. He was 28. The text says Yada Suketake was tall, strong, dedicated to martial arts, and a gun expert. A fox, whose den had been taken over by three other foxes and having no place to go, possessed the spirit of a merchant's 13-year old son instead. Suketake frightened the possessing fox out of the youth's body by shooting dead the three interlopers.

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