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Hanjo, sasa-no-den (August) from the series Twelve Months of Noh Pictures

Matsukaze, tawamure no mai (July) from the series Twelve Months of Noh Pictures
 

 Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Hanjo, sasa-no-den (August)

from the series Twelve Months of Noh Pictures

by Matsuno Hideyo, 1970

Nōga taikan, Semimaru

IHL Cat. #1888

About This Print and Twelve Months of Noh Pictures

"This print depicts Hanjo’s lonely, passionate, and even obsessive search for her lost love. At the end of the play, Hanjo’s lover identifies her by the fan that she has placed inside her robe and over her heart. They are once again united."1


Twelve Months of Noh Pictures

From a series of twelve prints depicting twelve Noh plays, one play for each month, published by Unsōdō Publishing in 1970. Six of the prints (for the months of January, February, June, September, November and December) were created by Matsuno Sōfū (1899-1963) and the other six (for the months of March, April, May, July, August and October) were created by his son Matsuno Hideyo (1936-2002) As Sōfū died in 1963, his prints must have been created from existing designs.

As originally issued, the prints were sold as a set with each print placed inside its own mat, which was overlayed with a commentary sheet on the play in Japanese and English.  The matted print and commentary were then placed inside an envelope (shown below, left) and all twelve envelopes were then placed into a cloth folio (shown below, right.)

Interestingly, the artist seals appearing on the prints, each one being different, seem to relate to the play being pictured, such as in the red seal in this print whose characters, according to the commentary sheet accompanying the print, mean "The Fan Cherished in the Bosom", a reference to Hanjo's holding her lover's fan under her robes, close to her body.

1 Scripps College Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery website http://web-kiosk.scrippscollege.edu/Obj21664?sid=166328&x=4334681


 
 

colophon
Right Column:
昭和四十五年九月日 [ Printing date: September 1, 1970]
昭和四十五年九月十日 [Publishing date: September 10, 1970]
十二佳月能雅摺  十二枚 [Twelve Months of Noh Pictures. Complete set of 12 prints]
Center Column:
不許複製 [All rights reserved]
作者 野奏風 秀世 [authors Matsuno Sōfū (and) Hideyo]
発行者 本田太郎 [publisher Honda Gitarō (reading of name uncertain]
彫師 長島道男 [carver Nagashima Mishio]
摺師 新味三郎 [printer Shinmi Saburō]
Left Column:
発行所 株式会社 芸艸堂 [Publishing House Unsōdō Corporation]
[address, etc.]

ommentary sheet included with print


The Play - Hanjo

Note: The term sasa-no-den, I believe, refers to a particular variation of this play.

Source: A Guide to No, P.G. O'Neill, Hinoki Shoten, 1929, p. 21-22.


By Zeami
Fourth Group
All schools

Characters:

Act 1: 
Kyōgen - a woman innkeeper
Shite - the girl Hanago
Waki - Yoshida no Sh
ōshō
Waki-tsure - a retainer

Act 2:
Nochi-shite - Hanago


The woman in charge of an inn at Nogami in the province of Mino complains that since Hanago, one of the girls there, formed an attachment with Yoshida no Shōshō when he passed through there in the spring, she has refused to wait on other guests.  She therefore calls Hanago to her and tells her that she must leave.  Thus, when Yoshida calls at Nogami for her on his way back to the capital, he finds her gone.  Sadly returning to the capital alone, he goes straight to the Shimo-Kamo Shrine to pray that they may meet again, and while he is there a mad woman comes and dances.  As she does so, Yoshida notices her fan and, sending his servant to bring it to him, finds that it is the one which he gave to Hanago in exchange for hers as a token of his love, and that the woman is indeed Hanago.  He then shows here the fan he carries and the two are happily reunited.

Source: Scripps College Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery website http://web-kiosk.scrippscollege.edu/Obj20860
In this play, two lovers are forced to part. They exchange fans, representing the promise of their future reunion. Hanago soon becomes heart-stricken and can do nothing more but look longingly at the fan that her lover has left behind. Thus she is nicknamed Hanjo, a name taken from the Chinese story about Han Shoyo. According to the Chinese story, when Han Shoyo was replaced by another woman as the emperor’s favorite, she wrote a poem comparing herself to a fan: once treasured during summer, the fan is quickly abandoned in autumn. This print depicts Hanjo’s lonely, passionate, and even obsessive search for her lost love. At the end of the play, Hanjo’s lover identifies her by the fan that she has placed inside her robe and over her heart. They are once again united.

For more details of this play see the-NOH.com website http://www.the-noh.com/en/plays/data/program_034.html


Print Details

 IHL Catalog #1888
 Title
Hanjo, sasa noden (August)

Note: the Noh play Hanjo is seen referred to in English as "Grass-Bamboo Number", "The Girl Whose Lover Went Away" and "The Public Entertainer's Fan" among others.
 Series/Album Twelve Months of Noh Pictures
 十二佳月能雅摺 Jūnikagetsu noh ga suri
 Artist 
 Matsuno Hideyo (1936-2002)
 Signature 
秀世
 Hideyo
 Seal The commentary accompanying the print states "Characters inscribed in the seal (see above) mean: 'The Fan Cherished in the Bosom'."
 Date Publishing date: September 10, 1970 
 昭和四十五年九月十日 as printed on colophon
 Printing date: September 1, 1970 
 昭和四十五年九月日 as printed on colophon
 Edition first and only
 Publisher
Unsōdō Publishing 芸艸堂 版
 Carver
hori Nagashima 彫 長島
 Printer
suri Shinmi 摺 新味
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent - several spots of foxing along right side of print
 Genre nishiki-e; Nōgaku zue [Noh play picture]
 Miscellaneous  
 Format oban
 H x W Paper 15 1/16 x 10 5/8 in. (38.3 x 27 cm)
 H x W Image 14 1/4 x 9 1/2 in. (36.2 x 24.1 cm)
 Collections This Print The Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, Scripps College 2010.1.9
 Reference Literature 
last revision:
8/30/2018

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