Utagawa Kunisada: Kidomaru and Momotaro at Sumo - Robyn Buntin of Honolulu

Artist: Utagawa Kunisada

Title: Kidomaru and Momotaro at Sumo

Date: Circa 1843-4

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Source: Robyn Buntin of Honolulu
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A favorite pictoral joke in the Edo period was the depiction of sumo performed by unusual participants. Here the two Strong Boys of Japanese folklore meet. Momotaro, born from a giant peach, defeated ogres assisted by his trusty dog, monky and pheasant. Kintaro (here called Kaidomaru), grew up on a mountain with animals as his friends. Momotaro's pheasant appears on the right, while Kintaro's bear acts on the left.

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