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Bunraku bijin: The puppet the beautiful woman is holding is in the form of Arashi Sanjūrō VII (嵐三十郎) as the otokodate Hotei Ichiemon (布袋市右衛門)

Identifier: 1828c Kuniyasu bunraku 4

The real-life Hotei Ichiemon (1673-1702)

Hotei Ichiemon, like all of the men who came to be known as otokodate, was a criminal and a rogue who was glamorized in later lore. "Expelled from father's home and became homeless in 1694. Involved in violent crimes from at least 1697, when he enlisted as a member of a gang that included An no Heibei and Kaitate no Kichiemon. Imprisoned in mid-1697, he received clemency on the twenty-fourth day, First Month, 1698, but thereafter joined Seven's Gang. Imprisoned on the twenty-second day, Eleventh Month, 1701, and beheaded on the twenty-sixth day of the Eighth Month, 1702."

Quoted from: Osaka: The Merchants' Capital of Early Modern Japan in an essay by Gary Leupp, 'The Five Men of Naniwa: Gang Violence and Popular Culture in Genroku Osaka', p. 134. (JSV)

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