Commisioned work for The Balde magazine.
(Tale: Koldo Almandoz // Image: beruta)

Utamaro was the main character in Kenji Mizoguchi’s 1946 film titled Utamaro o meguru gonin no onna (Utamaro and his five women). But ‘Utamaro’ was also the name of a famous Japanese tattoo artist born at the end of the 19th century. He was well-known because he only tattooed women. He would always say that there was no canvas to equal a woman’s skin.

*Read the whole story here.

Masako: the emperor’s wife
Midori: prostitute and utamaro`s lover
Kazumi: a ghost from the future
Tomomi: kamikaze woman
Kokorokuro: death


  • Masako

  • Midori

  • Kazumi

  • Tomomi

  • Kokorokuro