Demon in the Night Palace by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Kampaku (the Chief Adviser to the Emper) Fujiwara Sadanobu, by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

From the series of One Hundred Ghost Tales from China and Japan, by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892)

It was the then Chancellor and Grand Minister, Fujiwara no Tadahira (Sadanobu) who walked quietly through the palace with a handsome profile. He was dressed in a luxurious jet-black ikan (traditional formal court dress) with Kara-zuri technique (making paper uneven without colors).

One night, when he was walking in front of the Emperor’s room in the Imperial Palace, someone grabbed his sword from a gap in a bamboo blind. When he suddenly saw him, he saw an ogre. He quickly drew his sword and slashed the ogre with no haste. Then the ogre suddenly disappeared.

Title: “Kampaku Fujiwara  Sadanobu”

Author: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Year: 1865

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