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Okabe: The story of the cat stone

  • Description

    A cat-shaped stone located next to a small temple is a famous landmark of the village of Okabe, a post-station on the Tōkaidō Road. It was believed that that a cat witch, disguised as a friendly old woman, had once haunted the temple grounds, luring young girls into her house to kill and devour them. Eventually the witch's evil transformed her into the ‘cat stone’ still to be seen there. The Okabe story was adapted as a play for the kabuki theatre.

  • Details

    Fifty-three Parallels for the Tōkaidō Road
    Associated place
    AsiaJapanHonshūKantōTōkyō prefecture Tōkyō (place of creation)
    AsiaJapanHonshūKantōTōkyō prefecture Tōkyō (place of publication)
    Asia Japan (Okabe) (subject)
    Edo Period (1600 - 1868)
    Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861) (designer)
    Associated people
    Ibaya Kyūbei (c. 1820 - 1860) (publisher)
    Material and technique
    mount 55.6 x 40.2 cm (height x width)
    print 37.2 x 25.2 cm (height x width)
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    Presented by Christ Church College, University of Oxford, 1983.
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