Actors bowing to audience

 

Kabuki actors began each new theatrical year with a kaomise (顔見世) or ôface-showingö ceremony that introduced the actors performing at that theater during the coming season.á At the same time, formal announcements were made from the stage in a ceremony known as K˘j˘ (口上).á These were usually held in November and featured the actors bowing to the audience.á These prints do not merely show actors bowing at the conclusions of performances.á I am grateful to Robert Pryor for assisting with this section.

 

Nakamura Shikan II, accompanied by a child actor, addressing the audience in anticipation of his departing Edo for Osaka, (9)1833, Pub

 

Actors: Nakamura Shikan II accompanied by the child actor, 9-year-old Nakamura Komatar˘ (中村駒太郎)

Date: 9th month of 1833

Theater: Nakamura

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Sh˘z˘

 

NOTE: Nakamura Shikan II addressing the audience in anticipation of his departing the Edo stage for Osaka

Kuniyoshi - Onoe Tamiz˘ II addressing the audience, Pub

 

Actors: Onoe Tamiz˘ II addressing the audience

Play:

Date: c. 1839-1842

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Sh˘z˘

 

Actors: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII

Play: Meiboku Sendai hagi (伽羅先代萩, Nikki Danj˘ and the Disputed Succession)

Date: 3rd month of 1849 (censors Kinugasa and Yoshimura)

Publisher: Sano-ya Kihei

 

NOTE: The poem is by Umeya Kakuju.á Note the similarity in design between this print and the preceding print.

Actors: Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V (left) and two unidentified actors (right)

Play:

Date: c. 1850

Publisher: No seal

 

I am grateful to Marc DeVriese for the image on the left

An alternate state of one sheet from the precedingá diptych.á The seals of censors Kinugasa and Watanabe date this print to 1849-1850.

 

Actors: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII

PlayDate kurabe Okuni kabuki (伊達競阿国戯場, The Date Rivalry and Okini Kabuki)

Date: 3rd month of 1849 (censors Yoshimura and Kinugasa

Publisher: Minato-ya Kohei

 

The poem is by Umeya Kakuju

 

 

Actors: Band˘ Hikosabur˘ IV (坂東 彦三郎) Ichimura Uzaemon XIII (市村 羽左衛門) greeting the audience

Date: 1849-1850 (censors Kinugasa and Watanabe)

Publisher: Maru-han

 

 

 

Actors: Iwai Kumesabur˘ III (left), Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII (center), and Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V (right) bowing to the audience

Date: 1849-1850 (censors Kinugasa and Watanabe)

Publisher: ďta-ya Takichi

 

Another state of the above design

 

Actors: Ichikawa Kodanji IV and Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII

Play: Yashima no ura ume no koamise (八島裏梅鑑)

Date: 11th month of 1847 (censors Hama and Kinugasa)

Publisher: Koga-ya Katsugor˘

Kuniyoshi - (triptych y) Actor addressing the audience, pub

 

Actors: Unidentified actor of the Nakamura line

Date: c. 1847-1849

Publisher: Ebi-ya Rinnosuke

 

NakamuraUtaemonIV&SekiSanjűr˘III

 

Actors: Nakamura Utaemon IV and Seki Sanjűr˘ III

Date: 4th month of 1840

Publisher: Fujioka-ya Hikotar˘

 

NOTE: The star, Nakamura Utaemon IV, is announcing that Ichikawa Yaoz˘ V has changed his name to Seki Sanjűr˘ III.á I am grateful to Marc DeVriese for this image.

 

Actors: Nakamura Utaemon IV and Nakamura Fukusuke I

PlayModorikago Iro ni Aikata (戻駕色相肩, A Returning Palanquin)

Date: 11th month of 1849 (censors Mera and Murata)

Publisher: Tama-ya S˘suke

 

The text is a speech from the play.

 

 

 

Another state of the above design without a publisherĺs seal

 

Actors: Nakamura Shikan (中村 芝翫) and another actor of the Nakamura (中村) line

Date: c. 1835

Publisher: Ezaki-ya Tatsuz˘

 

 

Actors: Nakamura Fukusuke I and his younger brother Nakamura Masajir˘ I

Date: 6th month of 1852

Publisher: Kawachi-ya Ch˘z˘

 

Nakamura Fukusuke I is introducing his younger brother, Nakamura Masajir˘ I, who is visiting Edo from Osaka.

 

 

Actors: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII (left) and Kataoka Gad˘ II (right) bowing to the audience

Date: 11th month of 1853

Publisher: Yamamoto-ya Heikichi

I am grateful to Erik Wissing for this alternate state of the above design.

Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII died by suicide in the 8th month of 1854.á The left sheet of the preceding diptych was reissued, with some modifications, as this memorial print (shini-e). The oval censorĺs seal is still dated the 11th month of 1853.

Actor: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII

Date: 1854

Publisher: Ebi-ya Rinnosuke

 

NOTE: The censorĺs seals (Kinugasa and Murata) indicate that this print was originally issued in 1851-1852, and then reissued as a shini-e in 1854.á

Actors: Left sheet: Band˘ Tamasabur˘ I

Center sheet: Band˘ Mitsugor˘ IV

Right sheet: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII and the child actor, Ichikawa Shinnosuke II, who will become Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII

PlayTsumoru Koiyuki no sekinoto (積恋雪関扉)

Date: 11th month of 1832

Publisher: Tsuta-ya Kichiz˘

Actors:

Date: c. 1840-1842

Publisher:

I am grateful to Robert Pryor for this hanshita-e (final drawings) of Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V from 1843-1846 (censor Kinugasa Fusajir˘).á

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