The Mouse Story

UnknownMuromachi to Momoyama period (16th century)

Suntory Museum of Art

Suntory Museum of Art
Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan

A mouse, Gon-no-kami, sets off for the Kiyomizu Temple to save his offspring from purgatory by marrying a human woman. He does meet and marry a beautiful young woman, but then the fact that he is a mouse comes out, and their marriage collapses. His wife goes into seclusion, while the mouse takes the tonsure and enters the Buddhist priesthood on Mt. Koya. The story, from the couple’s first encounter to their parting, is set against the changing seasons, from cherry blossom viewing at Kiyomizu to winter on Mt. Koya.


  • Title: The Mouse Story
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: Muromachi to Momoyama period (16th century)
  • Location Created: Japan
  • Physical Dimensions: w5600 x h338 cm
  • Object Work Material (English): Set of five handscrolls
  • Object Width (English): 560 cm / 565.1 cm / 563.3 cm / 470 cm / 474 cm
  • Object Title (Japanese): 鼠草子絵巻
  • Object Height (English): 33.8 cm
  • Object Date (English): Muromachi to Momoyama period (16th century)
  • Category (Japanese): 絵画
  • Artist Name (Japanese): 不明
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Suntory Museum of Art, Suntory Museum of Art

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