Artist: Utagawa Toyokuni I (初代歌川豊国)

Print: Iwai Hanshirō V (岩井半四郎), Iwai Kumesaburō II (岩井粂三郎) and Tokiwazu Komojidayū (常盤津小文字太夫) visiting the Sensōji, a temple at Asakusa - center panel of a triptych

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Dates: 1813,created
Dimensions: 10.375 in,15.375 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print

Signed: Toyokuni ga (豊国画)
Publisher: Nishimuraya Yohachi
(Marks 391 - seal 01-008)

Related links: Waseda University; Art Gallery of South Australia - full triptych; Hankyu Culture Foundation;

Physical description:

Tokiwazu is a form of music used to accompany puppet and kabuki plays. This term also came to identify a whole clan of talented performers. The founder of this group was Tokiwazu Mojodayū I (ca. 1709-81). The name Tokiwazu Komojidayū was the name always held before it was changed to Mojodayū.

Since the musical elements were often an essential part of a theater performance it is not surprising that Toyokuni I would have mixed prominent actors with a prominent musician on a day's outing.


"...tokiwazu music... is more refined in quality and content and relies rather on the voice than the instruments.

Quoted from: The Kabuki Handbook by Aubrey and Giovanna Halford.


This is the center panel of a triptych

complete triptych at Waseda University