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Nishiki-e Shūshindan (Brocade Pictures for Moral Education), Volume 3

Raikō (Yorimitsu) Enters the Treasure Mountain from the series Sketches by Yoshitoshi

Japanese Color Woodblock Prints 

Nishiki-e Shūshindan

(Brocade Pictures for Moral Education)

Volume 3, 1882

by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Ikina from the series Instructive Models of Lofty Ambition

IHL Cat. #1540

The Chastity of ShihinoShinasa
IHL Cat. #1540a
[The widow ShihinoShinasa caring for her own children along with the children of her husband's concubine without favor. After her husband's death, she vowed to remain chaste thereby fulfilling the li of a woman. For additional detail about this print see The Chastity of ShihinoShinasa from the illustrated textbook Nishiki-e Shūshindan, Volume 3]
The Decorum of Gekiketsu
IHL Cat. #1540b
[A minister of state in China's Spring and Autumn Era (770-476 BC) observes the poor farmer Xi Que (Gekiketsu in Japanese) and his wife treating each other with great respect, as if they were each other's guest.  When the minister told the king, the king appointed Xi Que to an important position in the state of Jin. Xi Que would go on to successively higher positions.]

About This Book

Volume three of a six volume set of moral instruction textbooks designed for young children titled Nishiki-e shūshindan 錦絵修身談, Brocade Pictures for Moral Education. Each volume contained from one to three color woodblock prints by one of the most popular artists of the time Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892) who also designed the black and white illustrations that accompanied the short stories written by Yamana Tomesaburō, based upon the morally illustrative actions of adults and children from Japan, China and the West.

This volume contains two color woodblock prints by Yoshitoshi titled The Chastity of ShihinoShinasa 四比信紗の貞 and The Decorum of Gekiketsu 郤缺(ゲキケツ)の礼which are shown below along with the all the pages in the textbook.  This volume contains twelve short stories and four black and white illustrations.

For more information about these textbooks see the article on this site Brocade Pictures for Moral Education.




The Chastity of ShihinoShinasa

The Decorum of Gekiketsu
稲垣千穎 校閲
[Inagaki Chikai proofreader]
[Yamana Tomesaburō]
辻敬之 編輯
[Tsuji Keiji editor]
[Masukawa Kanyū]
(story 1)

 (story 2)

 (story 3)
Lazy One Chasing Fortune, while Diligent One Invites Fortune

(story 4)


(story 5)
(story 6)

(story 7)
(story 8)


(story 9)


 (story 10)
Overcome a calamity and make restoration with diligence
(story 11)

(story 12)


note: colophon was omitted from this volume. 

-intentionally left blank-

Book Details

 IHL Catalog #1540
 Title Nishiki-e Shūshindan  錦絵修身談 巻三
 (Brocade Pictures for Moral Education; also seen translated as Instructive Stories in Color Prints and Color Prints of Stories for Moral Education)
 Author Yamana Tomesaburō 山名留三郎 
 Editor Masukawa Kanyū 増川蚶雄   
 Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892)
 Signatures of Artist
應需芳年\画 Ōju Yoshitoshi ga with Taiso 大蘇 seal (The Chastity of ShihinoShinasa)
應需芳年\画 Ōju Yoshitoshi ga with Taiso 大蘇 seal 
(The Decorum of Gekiketsu)

應需芳年画 Ōju Yoshitoshi ga [typical on all black and white illustrations]
 Seal of Artist 大蘇 Taiso as shown above
 Date March 1882
 Publisher 辻敬之 普及舎  Tsuji Keiji of Fukyūsha
 no carver seal present on either color print
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition book: fair - wormage last third of pages
 color prints: good - no wormage, some soiling
 Genre ehon 絵本; ōraimono 往来物 (elementary school textbook); kyōiku nishikie
The stamped seal of Ōmiya Elementary School appearing on the upper right of the first page of text.
 Format fukurotoji binding; the two color prints bound into the front of the book are horizontal aiban-size folded in half for insertion
 H x W Book 8 13/16 x 5 7/8 in. (22.4 x 14.9 cm)
 Collections This Print National Diet Library call no. 特35-408;; National Institute of Japanese Language HRSK-00496; Minneapolis Institute of Art 2017.106.255.3
 Reference Literature
last revision:
1/30/2019 (created)