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Tsuru no chitose Soga no kadomatsu

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Tsuru no chitose Soga no kadomatsu

by Utagawa Yoshiiku, 1865

IHL Cat. #715

About This Print

Depicting the six actors (from right to left) Ichimura Kakitsu IV 市村家橘, Ichikawa Shinsha 市川新車, Nakamura Tsuruzō 中村鶴蔵,  Bandō Hikosaburō V 坂東彦三郎, Onoe Kikujirō II 尾上菊次郎 and Sawamura Tosshō II 沢村訥升 playing characters in a Soga Brothers themed New Year's play of revenge titled Tsuru no chitose Soga no kadomatsu

The two antagonists of this play are the characters Fuwa Bansaku and Nagoya Kosanza.  Nagoya and Fuwa appear in a number of kabuki plays with revenge as their theme.

The Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum lists the actors and roles (from right to left) as follows:
Ichikawa Shinsha playing the role of 山三妻八重垣 (? wife Yaegaki)
Ichimura Kakitsu playing the role of 不破伴作 Fuwa Bansaku
Nakamura Tsuruzō playing the role of 猟人鹿笛の七蔵 (unread)
Bandō Hikosaburō V playing the role of 酒うり又六 (unread)
Onoe Kikujirō II playing the role of 竹斎 娘おみわ (Chikusai musume o miwa?)
Sawamura Tosshō II playing the role of 名古屋小山三 Nagoya Kosanza

For another print depicting part of the January 29, 1865 peformance of Tsuru no chitose Soga no kadomatsu see this collection's print The actors Bandō Hikosaburō V as Ukiyo Tohai, Ichimura Kakitsu IV as Nozarashi Gosuke and Ichikawa Danzō VI as Rokuji Namuemon  by Utagawa Kunisada II (1823-1880).

For information on the actors pictured see the article The Kabuki Actor on this site.

Detail of burnished pattern in robe of Sawamura Tosshō II.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog
 Title or Description  Tsuru no chitose Soga no kadomatsu 鶴千歳曽我門松
 Artist  Utagawa Yoshiiku (1833-1904)
Yoshiiku ga
 Seal  no seal
 Publication Date
February 1865
aratame seal reading 丑二改
sealed Hyashi 林; published by Iseya Rihei 伊勢屋 利兵衛 [Marks: 01-122; publisher ref. 152]
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  good - not backed and full size; uneven print edges; several small holes in image area
 Genre  ukiyo-e; yakusha-e
 Format  vertical oban triptych
 H x W Paper
 13 3/4 x 10 in. (34.9 x 25.4 cm)

 Collections This Print
 The Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum of Waseda University 100-9938, 9939, 9940; Japan Arts Council 03088