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Ichikawa Danjūrō IX (市川 團十郞) as Ōkubo Hikozaemon (大久保 彦左衛門) from the series Mimasu ai sugata (三升合姿)

Identifier: 1893 Toshihide

So far, we know of twenty-seven prints in this series devoted to the performances of Ichikawa Danjūrō IX.


"Ōkubo Hikozaëmon was the favourite minister and adviser of the Shogun Iyemitso. Numberless stories of hit sagacity and kindness are recorded in popular literature; and in many dramas the notable incidents of his official career are still represented."

Quoted from a footnote on page 109 of Kotto: Being Japanese Curios, with Sundry Cobwebs by Lafcadio Hearn.


"Ōkubo Tadanori, 忠教 (1560-1639). 8th son of Tadakazu, better known by the name of Hikozaemon, accompanied his elder brother Tadayo in his campaigns, and was involved in the disgrace of his nephew Tadachika. After the siege of Ōsaka (1615), Ieyasu offered to restore his domains, but Tadanori refused to accept them. However, he remained at Edo and became the councillor and confidant of the Shōgun Hidetada and Iemitsu."

Quoted from: Historical and Geographical Dictionary of Japan by E. Papinot, p. 482.


Ōkubo Hikozaemon was the author of the Mikawa Monogatari (三河物語) in 1622. When he wrote it he "...was convinced that things were going to hell in a handcart."

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