The tale of Kasane is a famous Edo period Japanese ghost story that became the subject of many ukiyo-e prints during the Edo period. Kasane was a woman who 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 in order to gain her fortune. 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. The full tale spans several generations and was performed as a kabuki play and later made into a film.

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

Utagawa Kuniyoshi, 1852

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