kumo ukiyo-e awase
– Ukiyo-e comparison of the cloudy chapters of Genji, by Kuniyoshi, was
published circa 1844/45, when the Tenpo Reforms were still in force. These
reforms included several sumptuary measures that aimed to forbid and prevent
several activities considered superfluous and/or dangerous. Between these
activities was the production and sale of actor and theater prints.
artists that produced these types of prints tried to get around these
prohibitions by using, among others, classical literary works as a disguise to
the real subject of their prints. This is the case with most or all of the
prints in this series.