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Angry Sumo Fan Demands Refund

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Angry Sumo Fan Demands Refund

by Utagawa Yoshiiku, 1874

Comical Record of Japanese History: Thunder God and Demons

IHL Cat. #1288

About This Print

At the top of this "news nishiki'e", in the banner held aloft by two cherubs, is the name of the newspaper who sponsored it, the Tokyo nichinichi shinbun 東京日々新聞.  From what little I've been able to understand from the transcription of the text on the print, it tells the story of an angry sumo fan, a Mr. Yamada, attending a sumo match near Hamamatsu station in Tōtōmi Province, who argues with the promoter about a refund of his ticket fee, as the rain has interfered with part of the wrestling match.  At one point he jumps into the ring and tears down a curtain and creates quite a commotion.  As we can see from the graphic, the promoter is in some pain from returning Mr. Yamada's fee.
 
For a summary of the brief life of nishiki-e shinbun (newspaper color woodblock prints) see the article Nishiki-e shinbun and Newspapers in Meiji Japan.

Japanese Transcription of Text

Source: University of Tokyo website http://www.lib.iii.u-tokyo.ac.jp/ono_collection/contents/item.6.N094.html

遠(とをと) 江国(うミのくに) 浜松駅(はままつじゆく)
にて。山田某(やまだなにがし)とかいふ者
が勧進元(かんじんもと)にて大角力(おおすまふ)の第
三日目の興行半(こうきやうなかバ)に。降出(ふりだ)す
雨(あめ)ゆゑ半札(はんふた)を渡(わた)して置(おい)て
其後(そののち)に。札(ふだ)を持来(もてく)る見物(けんぶつ)
にも定価(ていか)を減(けん)ぜぬ
不條理(ふでうり)ハ。年寄(としより)どもと
木戸番(きどばん)の計(はから)ひなりと
聞(きく)よりも。山田(やまだ)ハ大い
に腹(はら)を立(たち)。長(なが)き刀(かたな)
を腰(こし)に佩(おび)土俵(どへう)の中へ
躍入(おどりいり)。四本柱(はしら)に張(はり)た
る幕(まく)を取(とつ)て引裂(ひきさ)き
暴動(あばれ)
し挙句(あげく)に。
我(わが)眼前(めのまへ)にて
木戸銭(きどせん)を見物方に
返(かへ)さずや。否(いな)と言(いい)なバ
一々(いちいち)に撫切(なでぎり)なるぞと
罵(ののし)るにぞ。猛(たけ)き力士(りきし)も
当然(たうぜん)の理(り)にハ刃向(はむか)ふ
事ならず。遂(つひ)に土俵(どへう)
も取崩(とりくづ)して角力ハ
廃止(おやめ)になりしとぞ
木挽町の隠士
転々堂主人略記


Print Details

 IHL Catalog
 #1288
 Title or Description Angry Sumo Fan Demands Refund (千五十号 [四] No. 1050)
 Newspaper 
 Tokyo nichinichi shinbun 東京日々新聞
 Artist Utagawa Yoshiiku (1833-1904)
 Signature
Ikkeisai Yoshiiku ga 一恵斎芳幾画
 Seal see above - artist's square seal reading Yoshiiku 芳幾
 Writer of Text
 Tentendō Shujin 転々堂主人
 Publication Date
 June 25, 1875
 Publisher
Gusokuya 具足屋 Kahei, Ningyōchō 人形町 [Marks: pub. ref. 085; seal ref. 24-031]
 Carver
Watanabe Horiei 

 エイ
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition fair - damage to prints margins
 Genre ukiyo-enishiki-e shinbun
 Miscellaneous 
 Format vertical oban
 H x W Paper 
 14 1/8 x 9 1/2 in. (35.9 x 24.1 cm) 
 H x W Image 13 5/8 x 9 in. (34.6 x 22.9 cm)
 Literature 

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