Dover Book and CD-ROM

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I love Oriental art, and these images are awesome. Some are scary, some eerie, and others just dreamy or lonely. While some Dover Books with CD-ROM supply information on the artworks, this one does not, except to say that the artists include Hiroshige, Hokusai, and Yoshitoshi. I did some research, and found a website with the complete works of Hokusai. Quite a few of his works are included. By far, however, the artist most greatly represented in this collection is Taiso Yoshitoshi. There is a website with numerous works of his, and from there is a link to New Forms of Thirty-Six Ghosts. Nearly all thirty-six are included in this collection. The website gives a description of each. The lengthy descriptions I have included are from that source. Of course, you can also get on Google images, and find others. In all, there is a tremendous amount of information out there about these wonderful woodblock prints.

In my research, I learned that the Japanese are fond of telling ghost stories, and have quite an historical collection of folk lore. Most of these prints are based on these common tales.

I am including a nice cross section of different styles and subjects here to give you an idea of what is in this book, but look for these images on other pages on my site. I have lots of use for these pictures, particularly in the resource section, on the cross-reference index. And remember, you may always mouse-over any image to obtain its number on the CD-ROM and page in the book.

Here are the images I have chosen, and a little about each one:

1) Kawanabi Kyōsai: Ghost Print
2) Yoshitoshi: A mother protects her little boy. The ribbon looks like a snake and seems to threaten them. It foretells the coming drama.
3) Hokusai: Ghost of Okiku
4) Yoshitoshi: A nurse prays under a waterfall for the safety of a boy. When she kills herself as a suing sacrifice, the child survives from captivity. He will revenge the death of his father eventually.
5) Hokusai: Kohada Koheiji
6) Yoshitoshi: A monk did not get a major wish granted. He starved himself to death. His infuriated spirit changes into rats. The beasts destroy sacred books and scrolls.

page 13, #032

page 2 #004

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page 46, #116

page 8 #019

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page 38, #097

page 20 #049


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