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Nara-ehon and Tanroku-bon

61. Yuya

  • copied in the Keicho Era (1596 to 1615), 1 book, 30.9 by 22.9cm <WA32-19>

This is a nara-ehon of the Noh song, "Yuya." "Yuya" is the name of the heroine.

62. Tenjin ki

  • 3 volumes, copied in the Keicho Era (1596 to 1615), 3 books, 33.8 by 25.0cm <WA32-20>

This is a large nara-ehon that depicts the life of Sugawara Michizane (845 to 903), a famous politician and literary man.

63. Kosode Soga

  • copied in the Kanbun and Enpo Eras (1661 to 1681), 1 book, 17.4 by 25.4cm <WA32-18>

This rectangular-shaped nara-ehon depicts a story of Soga brothers, Juro and Goro, to revenge their murdered father.

64. Koyo gunkan

  • 35 volumes, copied in the Kanbun and Enpo Eras (1661 to 1681), 35 books, 29.0 by 22.0cm <WA32-1>

This vividly colored nara-ehon depicts the war battles for two generations: Takeda Shingen (1521 to 1573) and his son, Takeda Katsuyori (1546 to 1582), military commanders of Kai Province.

65. Gikei ki

  • 8 volumes, printed around Genna and Kan'ei Eras (1615 to 1644), 8 books, 27.5 by 19.5cm <WA7-266>

Old movable-type edition. Gikei ki depicts the life story of Minamoto Yoshitsune, a famous military commander. The exhibit is the first printed book of Gikei ki with illustrations inserted. Pictures are colored with brushes.

66. Kumano no honji

  • 3 volumes, printed around the late Kan'ei Era to the Shoho Era (1633 to 1648), 3 books, 27.4 by 17.8cm <WB2-9>

This is a religious narrative in which the royal family of ancient India came to Japan and became the gods in Kumano. This tanroku-bon is colored in red, green, yellow and purple. The same version is also possessed by the New York Public Library.

67. Taikenmon Heiji kassen

  • 2 volumes, Soshiya Kyubee (of Kyoto), printed in the 20th year of the Kan'ei Era (1643), 1 book, 18.7 by 12.8cm <Kyo328>

This illustrated tanroku-bon records the verses of ko-joruri (an old ballad drama in the 17th century that is told melodiously to the accompaniment of a Japanese guitar called shamisen). This is a story of Minamoto Yoshitomo, a military commander, and his follower, Kamata Masakiyo, who meet their ends. The illustrations are simply colored in vermillion and green.