Kunisato: “Response of Goddess of Chiyoda Inari Shrine” (Chiyoda inari kanno no zu)
Artist: Utagawa Kunisato
Title: “Response of Goddess of Chiyoda Inari Shrine” (Chiyoda inari kanno no zu)
Date: 1863/7th month
The Handa Inari Shrine in Katsushika ward in Tokyo was known for curing smallpox and measles because Ganjin, monk of the shrine, propagated the idea in order to gain more followers. The title of this print however is Chiyoda, a ward also in Tokyo. A white fox, a messenger of inari shrines, is arriving on the cloud with a gohei, the pendant paper strips of a Shintô shrine and is purifying a praying crowd: an oyama Kabuki actor for a female role, a samurai, a servant, a geisha, a handsome man who all had disadvantages or financial problems due to the epidemic of the illness. It seems that no one was safe from the epidemic.
Publisher: Ebi-ya Rinnosuke