Published On: July 12, 2008

Dogwood Blossoms – Chapter 3: E-hon, p.14-19

Dogwood Blossoms, Chapter 3: E-hon, p.14-19

Tokyo, 1880 - Nakamura Yoshisada, the promising young artist and printmaker commissioned to create and illustrate this history, thought that the big-wigs of the Seiken Corporation were ridiculous to make up a supernatural history for their company, no matter how old and venerable they were. But they were paying good money, and the subject matter was interesting to draw, so he didn't quibble. Besides, that weird old Jakken fellow gave him the creeps. He was disappointed that he was only contracted to print twelve books, and that he was forbidden, by contract and some frightening, generalized threats, from printing any more. All his hard work would only be seen by a few internal corporate heads, and he would get no more profit from it! When he came in to his workshop the morning after having delivered the final product and receiving a generous final payment, he was only moderately surprised to find all his sketches and the woodblocks that had created the books had been destroyed by some intruder in the night. The commission payment had been enough to feed his family quite comfortably for three years, so he accepted all this with general equanimity, and chalked the whole thing up to a good, if slightly creepy, experience.
He went on to become a moderate success as an e-hon and ukiyo-e artist, and made a comfortable, though not flamboyant, living.

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The only child of Sesshoumaru's who is not pictured in the e-hon is Tian-Ren's eldest daughter, Inuhime, who died (twice) in childhood. She was an inquisitive child, and got into one too many scrapes and was lost.

The Character Outline has been updated with more information about all the characters depicted in this chapter, including name translations and some extra trivia about their lives, if you are interested enough in the massive number of OC's in this fic to be curious.

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Tian-Ren's dress isn't accurate, because Google is failing me for the dress of Han chinese noble ladies in 1770-1780 Qing Dynasty China. So she's in what they would likely be wearing in 1880. If any of y'all happen to have better resources then I about Han women's dress in the 1700's, please link me to it, because I'd like to be accurate when I draw her next, if I can.

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Stats: Book layout photomanipulated from actual e-hon book scans and paper scans, most patterns drawn by myself, a few taken from Japanese ukiyo-e prints from the 1800's. Wood grain texture by Enchantedgal-Stock.

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Acknowledgments and Disclaimer: The fate of no one historical was changed by the making of this comic. Inuyasha-tachi belong to Takahashi Rumiko and everyone she has sold them to. This is a mostly nonprofit fan work that Iā€™m really slowly putting too much work into because I'm a pathetic period-accuracy purist. All historical inaccuracies are the fault of myself--some deliberate, the rest out of ignorance. There is only so much time a girl can put into research for a fan project. Many thanks to the beta group for their help and suggestions.

40 thoughts on “Dogwood Blossoms – Chapter 3: E-hon, p.14-19

  1. Oh, these e-hon pages are gorgeous. ♥

    I’m amazed at the detail, both the detail of the art and the detail behind Sesshoumaru’s family history.

    …Tian-Ren sure had a lot of kids. XD;

    1. Thank you so much! ^_^

      I go rather overboard.

      Tian-Ren was a strong woman. šŸ™‚

  2. X_x Awesomecakes overload . . . She can’t . . . take . . . much more of this, cap’n!

    *mops copious amounts of saliva from keyboard*

    Seriously, are you trying to kill us? My inner Japanophile is purring mightily.

    1. ^____^ Yay! I’m glad. Thank you. šŸ™‚

  3. ooo, very interesting! I like the book style

    1. Thank you! ^_^

      1. But when are you gonna get to modern days again. I miss rin’s reincarnation. She’s almost exactly my own nationalities. That makes my obsession of sesshomaru almost seem plausable…

        Uh, Well not plausable, But I’m a fan girl for goodness sake! Who never dreamed of meeting him!?

        I love your work. Update soon!

        1. I’m getting back to Catherine in the next update! šŸ™‚ Which is currently sitting on my harddrive, waiting to be shaded. And I don’t have time to shade it atm, because I am moving.

          Once I’m settled a bit, I’ll work on it and get it up. šŸ™‚

          Scots/Irish/Japanese/American? Lol, that’s awesome! XD

  4. Oh my, your recent deviations have made me absolutely speechless. I’m not particularly familiar with e-hon books, but you’ve done such an amazing job at recreating the style!

    Plus, I’m quite in love with this story, so I’ll look forward to seeing what else you have in store for us!

    1. Thank you! I’m so glad you like it. ^_^

  5. x3 I’m really loving how you did this chapter. And I’m assuming either Shichiro or Sesshomaru wrote in the edits?

    (And if there’s no note scribble next to her name, does that mean Inuhana’s still alive? I hope so. I like her.)

    1. Thanks! ^_^
      Either Sesshoumaru, or an underling in charge of history and records.

      Yup, Inuhana is still around! She’s a feisty little old lady. ^_^

      1. That makes sense. If it was Sesshomaru, it must have been hard to write any of the death dates. :< Yay! Heehee, old Inuhana makes me giggle. x3

  6. Love the way you are moving them into the modern weapons! Awesome work!

  7. Wow, I just noticed that you even have faint images on the pages of the things that would be on the page behind them. That is an impressive and very devoted level of detail!

    1. Yay, someone noticed! XD

      Yeah, I went rather to the extremes on this. :]

      1. It was worth it! I just wonder if there’s a larger version available anywhere; even in the expanded view I had a hard time reading some of the text.

        1. Not atm. What did you have trouble with? I can tell you what it said.
          If it’s the character ID cartouches, which are harder to read, the character outline makes those pretty plain, I think.

        2. Mostly it was the name cartouches, though the character outline did help. I found the rest of the text difficult to read but not illegible.

        3. hmm
          To be sure: you did click on the “Download” button and get the biggest version, right?

        4. Evidently not. I never realized there was a difference between doing that and clicking on the thumbnail for the expansion. Thank you. ^_^’

        5. lol, okay good. šŸ˜€ I was worried, cause I didn’t think I could reasonably upload it much bigger!

        6. And now I’ve gone and downloaded myself the nice, big images of all the other chapters too. ^_^

  8. love the style. great background stories on all the characters.

  9. This looks amazing!

    *wild applause*

    1. Thank you so much!! ^__^

      And thank you for your crits and suggestions. The skirt does fit better. šŸ™‚

  10. OK now that I’ve read them all LOL, I just gotta say I love the detail in this chapter. I think my favorite panel is the one where Sessh is commenting about how many children he will have, and looking at the images of his “brides”. To which I just love the fact they’re all holding hands. I’m not sure if you did that to be symbolic or not but I love the idea that they’re all connected…cause well they are LOL. THat would be awesome to someday see all the wifes he had doing the same thing in a picture all of it’s own. Truely and awesome chapter and might I say. DAAAAMN that family has to be RICH!!

    1. Hahah! Thanks, Miss Cheesy!
      Yes, they’ve managed to acquire some wealth over the years. šŸ˜‰
      Sess likes power, after all….

  11. Very nice, I love the layout and the realistic look of the pages – this could quite easily be an old book!

  12. Awesome! As usual. I really appreciate your dedication to historical accuracy. I bow down to your greatness! :hug:

  13. Absolutely fantastic job on the telling of the family history. :p:hug::clap::floating:

    1. Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed it. šŸ™‚

      1. Yer welcome! I loved it very much & I’m quite fond of Japanese mythology. *Could you tell?* šŸ™‚

  14. Again, lovely job on the style used here. šŸ™‚ The addition of the back cover is a nice, funny little touch.

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