First of “47 Ronin of Ako” Serie. Ōishi Yoshio Kuranosuke. 2018.
Black iron-gall ink on colored paper.
11.7″x8.3″ (29.7×21 cm)
Ōishi Yoshio was the chamberlain of the Ako Domain in Harima Province, Japan (1679 – 1701). He is often referred to by his title, Ōishi Kuranosuke. Also he is known as the chief of the famous forty-seven Ronin of Ako in their 1702 vendetta. Kuranosuke displayed of true samurai ethics in the story of the 47 Ronin. It is believed that Kuranosuke’s last poem read, “My Lord’s life is as great as a mountain. My life, however, is as light and trivial as a piece of hair.” Yoshio stands holding a spear (yari) and striking a hira-daiko – a shallow drum with the head tacked into place – with a drum stick (bachi).