Tsukioka Kogyo (1869 - 1927)
Kazuraki
One Hundred Noh Dramas, circa 1922 - 1926

Kogyo was born in Tokyo in 1869 and spent his life in the capital. His mother married the famous ukiyo-e printmaker Yoshitoshi and it was under Yoshitoshi’s influence that he became interested in woodblock printmaking and the Noh theater. Yoshitoshi was a fan of Noh and through this connection, and chance, Kogyo began to design Noh theater prints. His design style was perfect for Noh with its spare stage designs and lavish costumes.