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Pictorial subject matter depicting the episode of Watanabe no Tsuna nӍj (953-1024) fighting against a demon at Modoribashi, a bridge at Horikawa x and Ichijou streets in Kyoto, long associated with magical powers. HEIKE MONOGATARI ƕ (The Tale of the Heike) tells that Watanabe no Tsuna, one of the so-called Four Guardian Kings, Shitennou lV of Minamoto no Yorimitsu (see *Shuten douji ^q), met a beautiful woman who suddenly changed into the evil spirit of Ibaraki douji ؓq. The demon lifted Tsuna into the air, but the warrior escaped by slicing off its arm. The encounter became the subject of warrior pictures *musha-e ҊG by *ukiyo-e G artists, such as the *nishiki-e ъG print by Katsukawa Shunshou t (1726-93). The story of Modoribashi became even more popular in 1890 Kawatake Mokuami ͒|و (1816-93) wrote joururi ڗ dance-piece based on the story.
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