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Stockno.:16-143
Artist:Tsukioka Yoshitoshi 月岡 芳年 (1839-1892)
Description: A picture of Rochishin in a drunken rage demolishing a guardian statue (Kongōjin) on Mount Godai (Rochishin ransui Godaisan Kongōjin o uchikowasu no zu) Published by Hasegawa Tsunejiro 1 September 1887. Rochishin is one of the 108 heroes of the Tales of the water margin (Jp: Suikoden). Before Rochishin became a bandit he was a village police, but after he accidentally killed a man he turned to Buddhism. He moves to a monastery on Mount Godai but is unable to live the life of a monk. Since he cannot return to his old life he joins a group of bandits. One of his first acts is the siege on a temple where other thieves are hiding. Here he is shown demolishing the temple gate, with the Buddhist guardian (Kongōjin) statue behind him. He is often called the ‘flower priest’ (hana ōshō) because his torso is covered in floral tattoos.