Old Man Who Made Blossoms Bloom, 1825-1835

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The old man here is Hanasakajijii, the hero of a Japanese folktale. After a spiteful neighbor killed his beloved pet dog, Hanasakajijii spread the dog’s ashes beneath a dead tree, which then miraculously blossomed. Kōitsu depicted a vigorously budding plum tree, the harbinger of spring. Four poems, by four poets, inscribed on the print describe the coming of spring.

Old Man Who Made Blossoms Bloom
Artist Life
active late 1820s-early 1830s
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