Actors playing the game of ken,

Part III

 

 

Triptych title: Three People Drinking at the Beginning of Spring (Shunky˘ sannin namayoi)

Dance interlude: Warau kado niwaka no shichifuku

Description: ďban triptych of actors Ichikawa Kuz˘ II, Nakamura Utaemon IV as fisherman Hinokiguma Hamanari (center), and Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VI playing kená

Date: 3rd month of 1847

Theater: Kawarasaki

Publisher: Takano-ya Tomoemon

Linhart: 9/30033

Triptych title: Comic Ken (D˘ke miburi ken)

Dance interlude: Warau kado niwaka no shichifuku

Description: ďban triptych of actors Nakamura Utaemon IV, Ichikawa Kuz˘ II, and Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VI playing kená

Date: 3rd month of 1847

Theater: Kawarasaki

Publisher: Kazusa-ya Iwaz˘

Linhart: 10/30024

Diptych title: Shinsaku tsukutsukuken (新作つく/\けん)

Dance interlude: Tabi suzume Miyoshi no irogoto (Romance of the Traveling Sparrow Miyoshi)

Description: Actors Ichikawa Kuz˘ II (left) and Nakamura Utaemon IV (right) playing ken

Date: 9th month of 1847

Theater: Kawarasaki

Publisher: Iba-ya Kyűbei

Linhart: 22/20011

Diptych title: Beauty Contest of the Things that Belong Together (Irokurabe Tsukumono ken)

Dance interlude: Tabi suzume Miyoshi no irogoto (Romance of the Traveling Sparrow Miyoshi)

Description: Actors Ichikawa Kuz˘ II (left) and Nakamura Utaemon IV (right) playing ken

Date: 9th month of 1847

Theater: Kawarasaki

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Uhei

Linhart: 23/20012

Diptych title: Tsukumono-ken hitori geiko

Dance interlude: Tabi suzume Miyoshi no irogoto (Romance of the Traveling Sparrow Miyoshi)

Description: Actors Ichikawa Kuz˘ II (left) and Nakamura Utaemon IV (right) playing ken

Date: 9th month of 1847

Theater: Kawarasaki

Publisher: Kita-ya Magobei

Linhart: 24/20013

Diptych title: Tsukumono-ken

Dance interlude: Tabi suzume Miyoshi no irogoto (Romance of the Traveling Sparrow Miyoshi)

Description: Actors Ichikawa Kuz˘ II (left), Nakamura Utaemon IV (right), and Onoe Baik˘ IV (in female role) playing ken

Date: 9th month of 1847

Theater: Kawarasaki

Publisher: Iba-ya Sensabur˘

Linhart: 25/20014

Diptych title: Untitled

Dance interlude: Tabi suzume Miyoshi no irogoto (Romance of the Traveling Sparrow Miyoshi)

Description: Actors Nakamura Utaemon IV (left) and Ichikawa Kuz˘ II (right) playing ken

Date: 9th month of 1847

Publisher: Ebi-ya Rinnosuke

Theater: Kawarasaki

Linhart: 26/20015

ďban title: Three Countriesĺ Ken (Sangoku ken, 三国拳)

Dance interlude: Shinki ikken tori no hatsugoe (A Ken Game with New Rules to the First Cry of the Cock)

Description: Actors Nakamura Utaemon IV, Ichimura Uzaemon XII and Seki Sanjűr˘ III playing ken

Date: 1st month of 1849 (censors Hama and Magome)

Publisher: Izutsu-ya Sh˘kichi

Theater: Ichimura

Linhart: 35/10021

 

NOTE: This print is signed Ichiyűsai giga (一勇斎戯画).á I am grateful to Marc DeVriese for this image.

Diptych title: Sangokuken

Actors: Left sheet: Band˘ Shűka I as Ohide of Kewaizaka (大中の丁お秀, female) and Ichimura Uzaemon XII as Tobigashira Kakichi (鳶の頭嘉吉)

Right sheet: Nakamura Utaemon IV as the fortuneteller (uranaisha) Sangokuken (駒形の占者三☆)

Dance interlude: Shinki ikken tori no hatsugoe (A Ken Game with New Rules to the First Cry of the Cock)

Date: 1st month of 1849 (censors Hama and Magome)

Publisher: ďta-ya Takichi

Theater: Ichimura

Linhart: 36/20016

Title: Tori no haru shinki ikken tori sangokuken

Description: Actors Nakamura Utaemon IV, Ichimura Uzaemon XII and Seki Sanjűr˘ III playing ken

Date: 2nd month of 1849

Linhart: 43/10042

Title: Asakusa-ken

Description: Actors Arashi Yoshisabur˘ III, Nakamura Fukusuke I, and Sawamura Gennosuke III playing kená

Dance interlude: The Treasure Ship Entering the Beautiful Harbor (Irominato takara iribune)

Date: 2nd month of 1853

Publisher: Tsujioka-ya Bunsuke

Linhart: 59/10152

Triptych title:

Dance interlude: Hana ni Tori Sakigake Soga (花鳥魁曽我)

Description: Actors Nakamura Shikan I (left) and Band˘ Minosuke II (center) in the roles of Shichibei and Sangor˘ are playing sangoku-ken.á Actor Seki Sanjűr˘ II is watching (right).

Date: 1st month of 1832

Theater: Nakamura

Publisher: Ota-ya Sakichi

Linhart: Not listed

Polyptych title: Collection of Eight Ken Games of the East (Azuma hakken shű, 東八拳集)

Description: ďban polyptych of actors playing ken

1. Sawamura S˘jűr˘ V
2. Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII
3. Ichikawa Hirogor˘
4. Onoe Baik˘ IV
5. Band˘ Takesabur˘ V
6. Onoe Kikujir˘ II
7. Arashi Otokichi
8. Iwai Kumesabur˘
III
9. Seki Sanjűr˘
III
10. Arashi Kichisabur˘
III
11. ďtani Tomoemon IV
12. Band˘ Shűka
13. Arashi Rikan
III
14. Nakamura Tsuruz˘
15. Nakayama Bungor˘ II
16.
Ichikawa Kodanji IV

Date: 7th month of 1852

Publisher: Mita-ya Kihachi (left two sheets) and Yamaguchi-ya T˘bei (right two sheets)

Linhart: /40001

Diptych title: Twilight Ken (Yűgure ken)

Description: ďban diptych of actors in female roles playing ken during a kabuki musical interlude.á The portraits in the two circles are Chűr˘ Onoe (right) and Meshitsukai Ohatsu (left).á The following actors are displayed (from left to right):

Onoe: Onoe Kikugor˘ IV

Yadorigi: unknown

Ushijima Chikara: unknown

Iwafuji: Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VI

Yokobue: ďtani Tomoemon IV

Yomogifu: Seki Sanjűr˘ III

E-awase: Nakayama Genjűr˘

Ohatsu: Sawamura S˘jűr˘ V

Tokonatsu: unknown

Akashi: ďtani Hiroemon V

Date: 3rd month of 1848 (censors Muramatsu and Yoshimura)

Publisher: Iba-ya Sensabur˘

Linhart: /20007

Title of triptych: 看立三社

Dance interlude: Tabi suzume Miyoshi no irogoto (Romance of the Traveling Sparrow Miyoshi)

Description: Actors Nakamura Utaemon IV (left), Onoe Baik˘ IV (center), and Ichikawa Kuz˘ II (right), dancing

Date: 9th month of 1847

Publisher: Wakasen (若仙)

Theater: Kawarasaki

Linhart: Not listed

á ôLinhartö refers to listing in the article ĹKuniyoshiĺs Ken Caricatures between 1847 and 1853ĺ, by Sepp Linhart in Andon, Vol. 83, 2008, pp. 5-29

 

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