Nakamura Fukusuke I as Miyagi Asojirō


Title Nakamura Fukusuke I as Miyagi Asojirō Miyagi Asojirō 宮城阿曽次郎
Artist Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III) 歌川国貞 (三代目豊国) (1786–1865)
Date 6/1855
Play Asagao nikki
Publisher Maruya Seijirō (Jukakudō) 丸屋清次郎 (寿鶴堂)
City Edo
Signature Toyokuni ga 豊國画
Censorship seal(s) aratame, Haas 6 改, 卯六
Publisher’s seal(s) Maru-Sei han 丸清版
Technique & material Woodblock print; full colour print; pigment on paper
Format ōban triptych
Width 37.8 cm
Height 25.5 cm
Object number SH2018-DM-003
Credit Line Gift of Muck and Mieke Douma
Provenance Gifted to the Japan Museum SieboldHuis in April 2018 by Muck and Mieke Douma


Left sheet of a triptych. In the play Asagao nikki the handsome young man Miyagi Asojirō ventures to the Uji River to watch the fireflies in the evening cool. There he encounters Miyuki, the daughter of an influential lord, and it is love at first sight. He write a poem on her fan about asagao (morning glory flowers). Afterwards, fate separates them for a long time, but eventually they meet again in the port of Akashi, when Asojirō follows the sound of a voice singing his asagao poem. Miyuki decides to follow her heart and leave her father's side, but just as she is about to jump from her boat unto Asojirō's, a strong wind drifts them apart. Miyuki only manages to throw her fan with Asojirō's poem towards him before they are separated forever.