Actors bowing to audience

 

Kabuki actors began each new theatrical year with a kaomise or ôface-showingö ceremony that introduced the actors performing at that theater during the coming season.á This ceremony was usually held in November and featured the actors bowing to the audience.á In addition, actors bowed to and addressed the audience to make various announcements.á These prints illustrate kaomise and important announcements, not merely bows at the conclusions of performances.

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 a child actor

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: 1820-1846

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Sh˘z˘

Kuniyoshi - Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V bowing to audience

 

Actors: Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V

Play:

Date: c. 1850-1852

Publisher: No seal

 

I am grateful to Marc DeVriese for this image

Kuniyoshi - (tc blue) Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII addressing the audience, 005-1115, 1849

 

Actors: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII

Date: 1849

Publisher: Minato-ya Kohei

 

 

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: under a single mountain is identified as Hori Takichi of Yushima in Kuniyoshi by B. W. Robinson (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1961), but as ďta-ya Takichi in Publishers of Japanese Woodblock Prints: A Compendium by Andreas Marks (Hotei Publishing, Leiden, 2011)

 

Another state of the above design

Two Actors Performing Kaomise, circa 1850

 

Actors: Unidentified actor of the Nakamura line and Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII

Date: 1847-1848 (censors Hama and Kinugasa)

Publisher: Koga-ya Katsugor˘

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

 

Actors: Unidentified actor of the Nakamura line

Date: 1846-1852

Publisher: Ebi-ya Rinnosuke

 

NakamuraUtaemonIV&SekiSanjűr˘III

 

Actors: Nakamura Utaemon IV and Seki Sanjűr˘ III

Date: c. 1839-1842

Publisher: Fujioka-ya Hikotar˘

 

I am grateful to Marc DeVriese for this image.

 

Actors:

Date: 1847-1851

Publisher: No seal

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

Date: c. 1835

Publisher: Ezaki-ya Tatsuz˘

 

I am grateful to JosÚ Monta˝Ús for this image.

Kuniyoshi - (triptych tb) Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII (left) and Kataoka Gad˘ II (right) bowing to the audience, (12)1853, 005-0845 & 005-0846

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

Date: 11th month of 1853

Publisher: Yamamoto-ya Heikichi

Actors:

Date: c. 1840-1842

Publisher:

 

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