The Fifth Month

The Five Festivals Compared to the Eastern Genji


Title The Fifth Month Azuma Genji mitate gosekku 阿都満 [あずま] けんじ 見たて五節句
Series title The Five Festivals Compared to the Eastern Genji 阿都満 [あずま] けんじ 見たて五節句
Artist Utagawa Kunisada II 二代目歌川国貞 (1823–1880)
Date 5/1855
Publisher Yamadaya Shōjirō (Kinkyōdō)
Woodcarver Yokogawa Takejirō 横川竹二郎
City Edo
Signature Baichōrō Kunisada ga 梅蝶楼国貞画
Publisher’s seal(s) Shō, Yamadaya 庄 山田屋
Blockcutter’s (and/or) printer’s) seal(s) hori Take 彫竹
Technique & material Woodblock print; full colour print; pigment on paper
Object number SH2018-DM-030
Credit Line Gift of Muck and Mieke Douma
Provenance Gifted to the Japan Museum SieboldHuis in April 2018 by Muck and Mieke Douma


Right sheet of a triptych. From a series of triptychs that pairs chapters from the popular novel Nise Murasaki inaka Genji (Fake Murasaki, Countryside Genji) with the five big festivals of the year. This work depicts Boy's Day, celebrated in the fifth month (satsuki).