Simply Haiku: A Quarterly Journal of Japanese Short Form Poetry
Spring 2009, vol 7 no 1



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The Maiden of Dojoji

 by Utagawa, Kuniyoshi
Date: c 1849-53
Triptych 14 1/2 x 33 inches
Woodblock print.
A beautiful image with cherry blossom background based on a very dramatic legend of Kiyohime and Anchin. Kiyohime falls in love with a young priest named Anchin but he resists her charms and hides under the bell of Dojoji temple; she, however, is so enraged that she turns into a demonic serpent whose fiery breath burns the bell and Anchin.

Robyn Buntin of Honolulu Gallery

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