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Toshidama Gallery:Taiso Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892) The Story of Tamiya Botaro

The scene here is a well known revenge tale from the middle ages. Tamiya Ganpachiro has been killed in 1642 by a jealous fencing master, his orphaned child Botaro (pictured seated) vows to take revenge on his father’s killer and spends his youth training as a swordsman with the encouragement of his nursemaid Otsuji (seen at the well). At the age of seventeen Botaro avenges his father’s death and Otsuji enters holy orders having vowed to do so if her charge is successful.

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Taken on May 30, 2012