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Sawamura Tosshō II, Sawamura Tanosuke III and Nakamura Nakazao III in the dance Michiyuki chō no fubuki

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Sawamura Tosshō II, Sawamura Tanosuke III and Nakamura Nakazao III

in the dance Michiyuki chō no fubuki

by Toyohara Kunichika, 1869

IHL Cat. #750

About This Print

From right to left, the actors Sawamura Tosshō II (沢村 訥升) in role of Shirakawa no Anchin  (白川の安珍), Sawamura Tanosuke III (沢村 田之助) in the role of Shōji Musume Kiyohime (庄司娘清姫) and Nakamura Nakazao III (中村 仲蔵) in the role of Sendo Namiroku (船頭波六)1 in the dance interlude Michiyuki chō no fubuki staged at the Morita-za 守田 in January 1869.  The partially seen actor in the center panel does not seem to be identified.

While I have not found any specific information on the michiyuki pictured above, in general michiyuki depict "two young lovers on the way to commit suicide or two traveling characters with a romantic implication attached to their journey. Some famous michiyuki are frequently performed independently from their drama."2

1 Reading of the kanji for this role is not clear
2 Kabuki21 website http://www.kabuki21.com/glossaire_5.php

The Actors Pictured

For background on the actors Sawamura Tosshō II (1838-1886), Sawamura Tanosuke III (1845-1878) and Nakamura Nakazao III (1809-1886) see their respective entries in the article The Kabuki Actor on this site.


Print Details

 IHL Catalog  #750
 Title (Description)  Sawamura Tosshō II, Sawamura Tanosuke III and Nakamura Nakazao III in the dance Michiyuki chō no fubuki 道行蝶の吹雪
 Artist  Toyohara Kunichika (1835–1900)
 Signature  Kunichika hitsu 国周筆
 Seal  toshidama seal below signature
 Publication Date
1869 (Meiji 2), 1st month date seal
 Publisher
Seal: Ebirin 海老林 Trade Name: Ebiya Rinnosuke [Marks: 21-018; publisher ref. 040]
 Carver
no carver's seal
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  fair - soiling throughout; wrinkling throughout; small tears right panel right margin and center panel top margin
 Genre  ukiyo-e; yakusha-e
 Miscellaneous  
 Format  vertical oban triptych
 H x W Paper
 14 3/8 x 9 3/4 in. (34 x 24.8 cm) each sheet
 Literature
 
 Collections This Print
 The Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum of Waseda University 100-8006, 8007, 8008
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