Dec 16, 2021

Whirlpool (Uzumaki), vol. 1

Whirlpool (Uzumaki), vol. 1




Watanabe Katei 渡辺 霞亭

(Japanese, 1864–1926)

Kaburaki Kiyokata 鏑木 清方

(Japanese, 1878–1972)

Clothbound book with slipcase; frontispiece (kuchi-e): woodblock print; ink and color on paper

Slipcase: 22.9 x 15.8 x 2.2 cm (9 x 6 1/4 x 7/8 in.); Book: 22.3 x 15.6 x 2 cm (8 3/4 x 6 1/8 x 13/16 in.); Frontispiece: 33.3 x 21.8 cm (13 1/8 x 8 9/16 in.)

Gift of Frederick and Tina Zwegat 2020.82


Did you know?

The design of the kimono in the frontispiece set off a fashion trend.


The woodblock-printed image at the beginning of this book portrays Kazue, the heroine of the Osaka-set domestic drama Whirlpool. Originally printed as a serial in the Osaka Asahi Shinbun newspaper, the complete story by author Watanabe Katei (渡辺 霞亭, 1864–1926) was then printed as a set of four volumes, each with an illustration by Kaburaki Kiyokata of Kazue, her daughter, or the two of them together. In the same year, the story was made into a silent movie.

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