Kasane

The tale of Kasane is a famous Edo period Japanese ghost story. Kasane had a tragic life, losing both her parents and then carrying the curse of her murdered brother. She became ill and was cared for by a man named Yagoro, who agreed to marry her to gain her fortune.

'The Ghost of Kasane' - Utagawa Kunisada, 1852.

Kasane was later murdered by her husband at the river Kinugawa because he found her too ugly but wanted to keep all her money. The villagers turned a blind eye to his crime. He went on to marry many more times but all his wives were killed by the jealous Yurei ghost-spirit of Kasane.

Utagawa Kuniyoshi, 1852
 
 The full tale spans several generations. You can read more of the story of Kasane at Matthew Meyer's website. It was also performed as a kabuki play and later made into a film.

Utagawa Kunisada, 1857

Actors Nakamura Shikan (L) and Sawamura Tanosuke (R) as Kasane' - Toyohara Kunichika, 1866

'Kasane and Yoemon' - Utagawa Kunisada, 1845.

Utagawa Kunisada

Utagawa Kunisada

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