• Actors from right: Arashi Tomisaburō II (嵐富三郎) as Usuyukihime, Sawamura Kunitaro II (澤村國太郎) as Nyobo Kojoro (女房小女郎), Nakamura Tsurūjirō I (中村鶴十郎) as Fugen no Gonhei, Nakamura Utaemon III (中村歌右衛門) as Jizo no Goheiji (地蔵の五平次) in the center, Nakamura Matsue III (中村松江) as Musume Omitsu (娘おみつ), Arashi Shagan (嵐舎丸) as Miroku no Tanin (みろくの他人) and Asao Gakujūrō (浅尾額十郎) as Sonobe Iori i(園部 伊織) in a scene from the play "Hanafubuki Uta no Nadokoro" at Kado Theater
Actors from right: Arashi Tomisaburō II (嵐富三郎) as Usuyukihime, Sawamura Kunitaro II (澤村國太郎) as Nyobo Kojoro (女房小女郎), Nakamura Tsurūjirō I (中村鶴十郎) as Fugen no Gonhei, Nakamura Utaemon III (中村歌右衛門) as Jizo no Goheiji (地蔵の五平次) in the center, Nakamura Matsue III (中村松江) as Musume Omitsu (娘おみつ), Arashi Shagan (嵐舎丸) as Miroku no Tanin (みろくの他人) and Asao Gakujūrō (浅尾額十郎) as Sonobe Iori i(園部 伊織) in a scene from the play "Hanafubuki Uta no Nadokoro" at Kado Theater
Actors from right: Arashi Tomisaburō II (嵐富三郎) as Usuyukihime, Sawamura Kunitaro II (澤村國太郎) as Nyobo Kojoro (女房小女郎), Nakamura Tsurūjirō I (中村鶴十郎) as Fugen no Gonhei, Nakamura Utaemon III (中村歌右衛門) as Jizo no Goheiji (地蔵の五平次) in the center, Nakamura Matsue III (中村松江) as Musume Omitsu (娘おみつ), Arashi Shagan (嵐舎丸) as Miroku no Tanin (みろくの他人) and Asao Gakujūrō (浅尾額十郎) as Sonobe Iori i(園部 伊織) in a scene from the play "Hanafubuki Uta no Nadokoro" at Kado Theater
Actors from right: Arashi Tomisaburō II (嵐富三郎) as Usuyukihime, Sawamura Kunitaro II (澤村國太郎) as Nyobo Kojoro (女房小女郎), Nakamura Tsurūjirō I (中村鶴十郎) as Fugen no Gonhei, Nakamura Utaemon III (中村歌右衛門) as Jizo no Goheiji (地蔵の五平次) in the center, Nakamura Matsue III (中村松江) as Musume Omitsu (娘おみつ), Arashi Shagan (嵐舎丸) as Miroku no Tanin (みろくの他人) and Asao Gakujūrō (浅尾額十郎) as Sonobe Iori i(園部 伊織) in a scene from the play "Hanafubuki Uta no Nadokoro" at Kado Theater

Shunshosai Hokuchō (春曙斎北頂) (artist )

Actors from right: Arashi Tomisaburō II (嵐富三郎) as Usuyukihime, Sawamura Kunitaro II (澤村國太郎) as Nyobo Kojoro (女房小女郎), Nakamura Tsurūjirō I (中村鶴十郎) as Fugen no Gonhei, Nakamura Utaemon III (中村歌右衛門) as Jizo no Goheiji (地蔵の五平次) in the center, Nakamura Matsue III (中村松江) as Musume Omitsu (娘おみつ), Arashi Shagan (嵐舎丸) as Miroku no Tanin (みろくの他人) and Asao Gakujūrō (浅尾額十郎) as Sonobe Iori i(園部 伊織) in a scene from the play "Hanafubuki Uta no Nadokoro" at Kado Theater

Print


01/1829
Japanese woodblock print
Signed: Shunshōsai Hokuchō ga ( 春曙斎北頂画)
Publisher: Honsei
Carver: Ka Hori
Philadelphia Museum of Art - far left panel
Philadelphia Museum of Art - far right panel
Nationaal Museum van Wereldculturen, Leiden - far right panel (via Ritsumeikan University)
Nationaal Museum van Wereldculturen, Leiden - center panel (via Ritsumeikan University)
Nationaal Museum van Wereldculturen, Leiden - far left panel (via Ritsumeikan University)
Tokyo Fuji Art Museum - the full pentaptych
Lyon Collection - a tetraptych by Ashiyuki from 1829 related to this composition According to the Schätze der Kamigata: Japanische Farbholzschnitte aus Osaka 1780-1880, page 186, this play, Hanafubuki Uta no Nadokoro, is a variation on the much earlier Shin Usuyuki monogatari (新うすゆき物語) from 1716,

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This Japanese woodblock pentaptych (gomai tsuzuki - 五枚続).is remarkable on a number of levels, but mainly it is because it is one of the only known copies in this world of this composition that has all five panels. We have searched and searched and this is only one of two complete examples we can find. The other one is in the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum (see the link above).

Illustrated:

1) in small black and white reproduction are the two right-hand sheets in The Theatrical World of Osaka Prints, by Roger Keyes and Keiko Mizushima,, Philadelphia, 1973, p. 224, #s 146a and 146b.

2) the middle three panels in color in Ikeda Bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shūsei(Collected Kamigata Actor Prints), vol. 2, Osaka, 1998, no 197.
Arashi Tomisaburō II (二代目嵐富三郎) (actor)
Nakamura Utaemon III (三代目中村歌右衛門) (actor)
Nakamura Matsue III (三代目中村松江) (actor)
Asao Gakujūrō I (初代浅尾額十郎) (actor)
actor prints (yakusha-e - 役者絵) (genre)
Honya Seishichi (本屋清七) (publisher)
Sawamura Kunitarō II (二代目澤村國太郎: 11/1819-1836) (actor)