Artist: Shunbaisai Hokuei (春梅斎北英)

Print: Nakamura Utaemon III (中村歌右衛門) as Tonbei, the ferryman at Yaguchi
(Yaguchi no Watashi - 矢口ノ渡し守頓兵衛) - left-hand panel of a diptych

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Dates: 1835,created
Dimensions: 10.25 in,14.75 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print

Signed: Shunbaisai Hokuei ga
Publisher: Honya Seishichi (Marks 123 - seal 25-527)

Related links: Waseda University; Waseda University - the right-hand panel; Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg; Hankyu Culture Foundation;

Physical description:

"Events during the fourteenth century are the basis of this historical play (jidaimono). It was originally written for the puppet theatre in Edo. The first kabuki version was performed in Edo's Kiri-za in 1794. The author was Fukuchi Kigai, the theatrical writers [sic] name of Hiraga Gennai. This play largely owed it popularity to the actor Ichikawa Danjūrō VII. He played the villainous ferryman Tonbei in the 1831 performance at the Kawarazaki-za in an exaggerated bravura style (arragoto). The story revolves around treason, loyalty and unrequited love, with a touch of magic."

Quoted from: Heroes of the Kabuki Stage by Arendie and Henk Herwig, p. 225.


Illustrated in Ikeda Bunko, Kamigata Yakusha-e Shusei, (Collected Kamigata Actor Prints) volume 2, Ikeda Bunko Library, Osaka, 1998, no. 364.