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Central panel of a triptych of the Naritasan Festival (Naritasan kaichō sankei gunshū no zu - 成田山開帳参詣群集図)

Identifier: 1856 Kunisada naritasan fest

complete triptych in Edo-Tokyo Museum


Illustrated in color on pages 74-75 in Kabuki Theatre Prints by Rosina Buckland, National Museums of Scotland, 2013. On page 28 Buckland wrote: "Naritasan Shinshōji is a large Buddhist temple located in the town of Narita, to the north-east of Tokyo. Founded in 940 to commemorate a military victory, it received increased patronage during the Tokugawa period. Perhaps its most famous patron was the Kabuki actor Ichikawa Danjūrō I, who had a particular devotion to the temple's deity, Fudō Myō-ō (the Immovable Wisdom King). Following him, the temple received support from the Ichikawa Danjūrō lineage and it remains a centre of worship and a popular tourist attraction today."


The actors in this panel represent Ichikawa Kodanji IV, Onoe Kikugorō IV and Bandō Takesaburō I. Buckland in the Scottish catalogue notes the excitement of the other visitors to the festival when they spot famous figures from the stage.

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