The Thirty-six Fashionable Restaurants of the Eastern Capital series shows actors performing plays outside a restaurant called Mukojima in Edo.
The people watching and eating at the restaurant can be seen in the upper portion of the canvas. Our canvas shows an actor portraying Miyamoto Musashi, the famous swordsman and author of the Go Rin no Sho, or Book of Five Rings, a martial arts classic!
In the play we can see a Kabuki actor, Nakamura Kanemon IV, portraying Musashi for the restaurant guests entertainment. But he has based his performance on historical details from the real-life warrior: he can be seen using a wooden sword, or “bokken” which is like the one Musashi fashioned from the oar of a boat on his way to a duel on Funajima island.
You can buy our canvas print of this ukiyo-e original – he makes a great gift for martial artists who practice swords!
Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi
Original Type: Ukiyo-e woodcut
Canvas: 10×12 to 30×40 inch sizing, wrapped canvas