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Ichikawa Danjūrō IX as Fuwa Banzaemon in the play Fuwa from the series The Kabuki Eighteen (Kabuki Jūhachiban)


 Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Ichikawa Danjūrō IX as Fuwa Banzaemon

in the play Fuwa from the series 

The Kabuki Eighteen (Kabuki Jūhachiban)

by Torii Kiyosada and Torii Kiyotada VII, 1896

IHL Cat. #805
Ichikawa Danjūrō IX as Narukami Shōnin in the play Narukami from the series The Kabuki Eighteen (Kabuki Jūhachiban)

About This Print

Ichikawa Danjūrō IX, in the upper right panel, playing the role of Fuwa Banzaemon 不破伴左衛門 in the kabuki play Fuwa.  Pictured on the bottom wearing a sedge hat is the character Nagoya 名古屋 Sanza, Fuwa's rival. The Ichikawa family crest (mon) of nested squares is shown to the left of Danjūrō, beneath which appears 九世市川団十郎 (9th Generation, Ichikawa Danjūrō) and the character played 不破伴左衛門 (Fuwa Banzaemon.)

The Play Fuwa

Source: Kabuki Eighteen Traditional Dramas, Kawatake Toshio, Chronicle Books, 1885, p. 54.
"This story was first played in 1680 at the Inchimura-za in Edo with Ichikawa Danjūrō I.  During the cherry blossoms season, two warriors with their faces concealed in fantastic straw hats meet in Yoshiwara, the famous red-light district in Edo.  They are Fuwa Banzaemon and Nagoya Sanza.  Initially, Fuwa is a nice man but in due course he forgets his wife and his friend, Nagoya and seduces his courtesan lover.

In the true style of the Kabuki Eighteen Fuwa later appear as Shōki (a powerful man who drives away the God of Plague) and fights off the goblins who try to kill him."

The Kabuki Eighteen

Source: Kabuki Encyclopedia, An English-Language Adaption of Kabuki Jiten, Samuel L. Leiter, Greenwood Press, 1979, p. 152.
"The Kabuki Eighteen," a collection of plays established by I
chikawa Danjūrō VII, stresses the special aragoto acting art of the Danjūrō line.  In the Meiji period other acting families began to gather their most successful plays into similar collections.  See the Title Page from the series The Kabuki Eighteen (Kabuki Juhachiban) for a list of the plays.

1 Literature East & West: Journal of the Oriental-Western Literary Relations Group of the Modern Language Association of America, Austin, etc. Jenkins Pub. Co, Volume 17, p. 321.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog
 Title or Description  Ichikawa Danjūrō IX as Fuwa Banzaemon in the play Fuwa
 九卋市川団十郎 不破伴左衛門 不破
 Series The Kabuki Eighteen (Kabuki Jūhachiban)
 Artist  Torii Kiyosada (1844-1901) and Torii Kiyotada VII (1875-1941)
right-most signature: Tadakiyo hitsu 忠清筆  followed by Tadakiyo seal
left-most signature: Torii Kiyosada hitsu 鳥居清貞筆 followed by
画楽 Chōhō seal

 Seal  as shown above: Tadakiyo seal right, below signature; 画楽 Chōhō seal left, below signature
 Publication Date  1896 (Meiji 29) 明治二十九年
 Publisher  長谷川寿美 Hasegawa Sumi [Marks: seal 25-406 長谷川寿美; publisher ref. 102] publishing information is present on other impressions in the left column but not on this collection's print.
 彫工弥太 Horikō Yata (carver's seal, sometimes present in the left margin, is not present on this collection's print)
 Printer 楷工大亀 Surikō Ōkame (printer's seal, sometimes present in the left margin is not present on this collection's print.) 
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  good - full size; unbacked, light soiling along edges
 Genre  ukiyo-e; yakusha-e
 Miscellaneous  embossing throughout
 Format  vertical oban
 H x W Paper
 15 3/4 x 11 1/4 in. (40 x 28.6 cm)

 Collections This Print
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston RES.53.15; Tokyo Metropolitan Library 5721-C008-02; Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum of Waseda University 201-0125, 0144, 0166 and 0190; Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, University of Oregon MWJ51:T97