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Ekin (絵金) (1812-1876)

Ekin is an Ukiyo-e artist known for his graphic and disturbing horror images.

Ekin's "Higashiyama Sakura Zoshi - Sakura Sogo."



Alternate Names

絵金(Japanese), Hirose Kinzo


Ad for Ekin Matsuri, a yearly festival of Ekin's art held in July.

1812: Born in Kochi.

1820: By age 18, Ekin was studying the Kanoha style, and he graduated in three years, rather than the customary ten years.[1]

1829: Moved to Edo.

Interesting points

Ekin was a chief retainer of the Tosa domain.

Charges of forgery got Ekin expelled from his position.

Ekin painted images on folding screens.

Selected Works

  • Tosa Scenes of Kabuki
  • Dream Spectres: Extreme Ukiyo-e: Sex, Blood, Demons, Monsters, Ghosts, Tattoo (2013). Ekin is included among many artists in this book.

Image Gallery


  1. Ekin Museum pamphlet.

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