Actor Sawamura Tosshō II as Soga Jūrō Sukenarii, from the series Butterflies and Plovers Kill Ten

Toyohara Kunichika

Meiji period (1868-1912), 1868

The Revenge of the Soga Brothers is a story of two brothers who for eighteen years plotted and planned revenge for the wrongful death of their father. The story focuses on the conflict between the authority of the Shogun and the brothers’ loyalty to their father, highlighting the clash between their heroic vendetta and the feudal system that condemned them. The story was particularly popular in Kabuki plays of Edo period Japan (1615-1868).