(1797 – 1861)
Tsumagome: Abe no Yasuna and the Fox Kuzunoha Series; Sixty-nine Post Stations of the Kisokaido Road, 1852 – 1853.
The nobleman Abe no Yasuna once rescued a fox by battling the hunter who had trapped it. The fox returned to visit him as a beautiful young lady named Kuzunoha in order to tend the wound he sustained in the fight. They married and had a child, but the couple’s son caught a glimpse of her true form so she decided to leave her family. Here, Kuzunoha appears in ghostly form as she changes back into a fox, her young son looking up at her curiously, tugging at the hem of her transparent robe. Her husband watches in surprise from between the sliding shoji screens, where she has written a farewell note on the paper. She smiles at him one last time before returning to her true nature.