Hokusai’s Kohada Koheiji: the age-old pastime of telling ghost stories

By Skye Sherwin

This work from 1833, in which a murdered actor rises from the dead to spook his wife and her lover, shows there is more to the artist than his iconic wave

The murdered actor Kohada Koheiji looks like a zombie in Hokusai's spooky print. He's imagined as a skeleton with skin and hair still clinging to his skull. Though pictured as flesh and bone, however, this is a vision of a spectre, from the series One Hundred Ghost Tales.

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