In one of his most iconic triptychs, Kuniyoshi draws from Bakin’s novel Chinsetsu Yumiharizuki to depict Minamoto no Tametomo’s supernatural rescue from a storm. Defeated in 1156 during the Hogen rebellion, Tametomo was exiled to Izu. He soon escaped to Kyushu where he plotted the defeat of the Taira clan. As he set sail to Kyoto to carry out his plan, a wild storm threatened his boat. In this fantastic print, Kuniyoshi conflates the three moments that lead to Tametomo’s dramatic rescue.
To the far right, Tametomo’s wife drowns herself to quell the storm. The spirit of Emperor Sutoku (Sanuki-In) summons the tengu that descend from the left edge of the triptych to save Tametomo and their only son, Sutemaru. The infant is protected in the arms of Tametomo’s faithful retainer Kiheiji, who rides on the back of a crocodile-shark (wanizame).