A Collection of Children’s Dances

(Kodomo odori zukushi, 子供踊尽)

Publisher: Maruko (丸幸)

c. 1840


This series shows children in the guise of kabuki actors.  It is not listed in Kuniyoshi by Basil William Robinson (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1961).  The prints are each about 14 by 10 inches (36 by 25 centimeters), a size known as ôban. I am grateful to Robert Pryor for his contributions to this series.



Description: Children performing a scene from the kabuki play Tsumoru koi yukino seki no to (積恋雪関扉)



Description: Two children as actors with swords

Text on book: Kakuryoku (角力), meaning test of strength or sumô


NOTE: On this print, the series title is written as 子供踊づくし.


A simplified state of the above design



Description: Dance of pilgrims returning from Oyama with kasa hat and souvenir straw matoi

Text on book: Yamagaeri (やまがえり), a dance performed in kabuki.




Description: Children in guise of the palanquin carriers Azuma no Yoshirô and Naniwa no Jirôsaku in a scene from the kabuki play Go hiiki yakko no konoshita (御贔屓梶虎木下)



A simplified state of the above design