The Sea Monk (Umi Bozu) is a sea monster with a smooth round head, like the shaven head of a Buddhist monk. This print illustrates the story of the sailor Kawanaya Tokuzo, who decides to go to sea on the last day of the year. A violent storm breaks out & the Umi Bozu appears. In a ghastly voice the apparition demands, "Name the most horrible thing you know!" Tokuzo yells back, "My profession is the most horrible thing I know!" The monster is satisfied with this answer and disappears.
By Request, a Parody of Visiting Komachi (Ôju mitate Kayoi), from the series Seven Komachi (Nana Komachi) 「七小町」 「応需見立かよひ」 Japanese Edo period 1810s Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864)
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