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Nōga taikan, Unrin'in


 Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Unrin'in 雲林院

(Unrin Temple)

from the series Nōga taikan

by Tsukioka Kōgyo, 1926

IHL Cat. #795

About This Print

Number 53* of 200 prints issued as part of the series Nōga taikan (Encyclopedia of Noh Plays) depicting a scene from the play Unrin'in often attributed to the playwright Zeami Motokiyo (1363-1443) in which the Ariwara no Narihara appears in Kimmitsu's dream dancing a jonomai.  This print still maintains its semi-transparent cover sheet providing information on the play and its characters.

cover sheet
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* number appears in the lower right hand of the cover sheet.

The Play - Unrin'in (Unrin Temple) by Zeami

Source: A Guide to No, P.G. O'Neill, Hinoki Shoten, 1929, p. 209-210.
Act 1: waki - Ashiya no Kimmitsu; waki-tsure - two retainers; shite - an old woman; kyōgen - a local person
Act 2: nochi-shite - Ariwara no Narihara

All his life Kimmitsu has loved a work called the Ise Mongatari which deals with incidents in the life of Ariwara no Narihira.  Following a dream he has had, he goes up to the capital to visit the Unrin-in palace [temple], and there meets a woman with whom he talks about the cherries in blossom there and explains what has brought him to the place.  In the second part of the play Narihira himself appears and dances.

unknown/undated performance of Unrin'in
Courtesy of Karen Brazell; all rights reserved.
Copyright 1998-2006, Global Performing Arts Consortium. All Rights Reserved.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #795
 Title Unrin'in 雲林院 (Unrin Temple)
 Series Nōga taikan 能画大鑑 (Encyclopedia of Noh Plays or A Great Mirror of Noh Pictures or A Great Collection of Noh Pictures)
 Tsukioka Kōgyo (1869-1927)
Kōgyo seal, seal no. 13, p. 170 in The Beauty of Silence: Nō and Nature Prints by Tsukioka Kōgyo (1869-1927), Robert Schaap & J. Thomas Rimer, Hotei Publishing, 2010.
 Date December 25, 1926
 Edition unknown
 Publisher Seibi Shoten (or Seibi Shoin), Tokyo
 Carver Uchida Eikichi
 Printer Yoshida Takesaburō
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent - 1 pin hole upper left; binding holes right side;  not backed
 Genre ukiyo-e
 Miscellaneous print #53
 Format oban yoko-e
 H x W Paper 10 x 14 5/8 in. (25.4 x 37.1 cm)
 Collections This Print Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 2011.1721
 Reference Literature