Utagawa KUNIYOSHI (1797 - 1861)
Waterfall-striped Materials in Answer to Earnest Prayer
(Daigwan jôju ari-ga-taki-jima, 大願成就有ヶ瀧縞)
Publisher: Iba-ya Sensaburô
This series consists of ten half-length portraits of beautiful women (bijin) wearing striped kimono. Each print has a poem and an inset picture of a waterfall.
Beauty: A pensive girl leaning on an armrest contemplating a tied scroll
Inset: Sugawara Michizane (845-903), who had been banished to Dazaifu on false accusations, making his daily ascent of Mount Tempai with his favorite plum tree, which miraculously followed him into exile, in the background