The Righteous Samurai Collection (Gishi Taikan)
as Published by the Righteous Samurai Society
Attack on the Kira Residence 吉良邸討入,
VARIOUS RELEASES AND EDITIONS OF GISHI TAIKAN
The first edition of Gishi Taikan, containing eighty woodblock prints, was published in four volumes in March 1920 (Figure 4). In August 1920, the woodblock prints were issued in sixteen separate bound folders (Figure 5). In April 1921 and again in June 1921, a two-volume edition with lithographic and other reproductions of forty-eight of the eighty original woodblocks was issued by Gishikai Shuppanbu (Figures 6 and 6B below). These two volumes may have been accompanied by an additional volume titled Gishi Taikan Commentary 義士大観解説, edited by Fukumoto Nichinan 福本一誠 (1857-1921) (Figure 7 below). The calligraphic tributes preceding each print in these volumes are provided by different personalities than the original 1920 release and there are several new illustrations provided, along with black and white reproductions of Utagawa Hiroshige's c. 1836 Chūshingura series. Additional illustrated editions may have been published.
Various Editions of Gishi Taikan
The four volumes in the ARC database, dated March 1920, but with a bindery date of Spring 1933
(昭和八年春製本). It is unclear whether the woodblock prints were re-printed for this edition.
Ten of the sixteen booklets, each containing five woodblock prints, published in August 1920
A set of three volumes first issued in April 1921. Two volumes contain reproductions (some in color, others in black and white), of some, but not all, of the original woodblock prints and a third volume contains commentary, likely by Fukumoto Nichinan as shown in Figure 8.
Original 1920 woodblock print (left) and 1921 lithographic reproduction (right)
Gishi Taikan Kaisetsu 義士大観解説, published by Gishikai Shuppanbu in 1920, edited by Fukumoto Nichinan 福本一誠 (1857-1921), text only. This book may have also accompanied the two volumes of lithographic reproductions issued in 1921.
AKŌ INCIDENT - THE HISTORICAL FACTS IN BRIEF
GISHIKAI (THE RIGHTEOUS SAMURAI SOCIETY)
Involved less by ideology than by location [as sponsors of Gishi worship] are the temple of Sengakuji in Tokyo, and the city of Akō, both of which rely heavily on the Gishi for their economic prosperity." - Henry D. Smith II
"December 14 [by the Japanese lunisolar calendar in use at the time] is the anniversary of the 47 ronin's avenge. A festival is held annually at Sengakuji to commemorate the event, attracting thousands of visitors."
image and caption source: https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3000.html
"Hyogo's small town of Ako celebrates being home to one of Japan's most famous historical stories."
image and caption source: Kansai Scene | WINTER 2018/19 | kansaiscene.com
RISE OF THE FORTY-SEVEN RŌNIN AS MODELS OF BEHAVIOR
Demonstrators burning a rice store building as a protest over government regulation of high rice prices.