Japan Media Arts Festival  

Manga Division

Jury Selections

Ooedo Kuniyoshi Yoshidukushi

OKADAYA Yuichi [Japan]

© 2017 Yuichi Okadaya / NIHONBUNGEISHA Co., Ltd.

Even UTAGAWA Kuniyoshi, well known throughout Edo as an unparalleled artist, had in his youth received the cold shoulder from art masters, and fell into hard times. Then, ENSHUYA Sakichi, a wealthy merchant, met Kuniyoshi and became enthralled with his talent. This work boldly weaves truth and fiction into the fabric of the fateful encounter with Sakichi that provided the chance for Kuniyoshi to emerge from the troubled times of his youth to popular artist, as well as the backdrop for his determination to draw samurai illustrations. 

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