Secret song of the biwa by Utagawa,Kunisada Postcard
Secret song of the biwa (loquat) blossom Matsunami Kengyo as Akushichi Byoe By Utagawa, Kunisada. Hikyoku no biwa no hana matsunami kengyo jitsuwa akushichibyoe Head and shoulders portrait of the actor Aku Hichibei.
Utagawa Kunisada (known as Utagawa Tokokuni III later in his career) (1786 - 1865) was in his own time was the most popular and successful woodblock print designer in Japan, ahead of Kuniyoshi and Hiroshige. His stock declined after he died, and has never recovered to the same levels, although he is still recognized as master of the woodblock print, just not a great one, and is now recovering in esteem somewhat.