This tote bag is made from fabric custom-printed with artwork from an early 17th-century Japanese six-panel folding screen — originally in ink and color, and gold and silver leaf, on paper — showing adventures of the noble hero Takebun from the musical drama, Shinkyoku (The New Piece).
Each side of the bag shows different scenes from the folding screen. The bag measures 15 x 15 inches, and uses box-style construction so it sits open for easy loading. Both the tote bag and its lining are 100% spun polyester weather-resistant fabric. The tough and comfortable dual handles are made of 100% bull denim cotton. Made in USA of imported fabric.
This story of kidnapping, chases, sacrifice, and rescue originated in a medieval war tale, the “Chronicle of the Great Peace” (Taiheiki). At this point in the story, Prince Ichnomiya is exiled from the capital and sends orders for his favorite consort to come join him on the island of Shikoku, escorted by his most trusted retainer, Takebun. A pirate, Matsura Gorô, intercepts them, however, preventing the lovers’ reunion. Like the adjacent Battles of Ichinotani and Yashima, the story is set on the coasts of the mainland and of Shikoku, which lies across the Japan Sea. Although there was a tragic end in the historical account, in its adaptation as the ballad-drama Shinkyoku the message was more positive, with a focus on the devotion of the couple and the noble hero Takebun.