Kojōsō Jisen (Shi Qian) waiting outside Jonei's house at night

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    Suikoden chapter 45

    Kojōsō Jisen, who was born in Kōtō-shū Gaolang zhou, was well-known for his sharp eyes, and was skinny with dark skin. He had a remarkable ability of being able to spring from the ground onto the roof of houses and was therefore able to steal things. His nickname Kojōsō derives from a fanciful idea of fleas bouncing on a drum. He was ordered by his commander to learn martial skills from Kinsōshu Jonei (Xu Ning), who was celebrated for his use of spears. In order to do this, Jisen stole the armour of Saitōgei, Jonei’s family treasure, thus successfully luring Jonei to the mountain territories, where he became a commander.

    This print illustrates the scene when Jisen has climbed to the top of a cypress tree from where he watches Jonei’s house with a lantern, awaiting the best moment to steal the armour of Saitōgei, under the moonlit sky.

    In: Impey, Oliver, and Mitsuko Watanabe, Kuniyoshi's Heroes of China and Japan: A Selection of Warriors from Two Series of Prints and a Painting by Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1798 - 1861), the Suikoden of 1827 and the Taiheki of 1848-9 (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2003)

Further reading

Impey, Oliver, and Mitsuko Watanabe, Kuniyoshi's Heroes of China and Japan: A Selection of Warriors from Two Series of Prints and a Painting by Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1798 - 1861), the Suikoden of 1827 and the Taiheki of 1848-9 (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2003), no. 2 on p. 9, illus. p. 14 pl. 2

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