Children at Play, a Collection of Dances

(Kodomo asobi odori zukushi, 子供遊おどり盡し)

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Uhei

c. 1840-1842


This series is not listed in Kuniyoshi by Basil William Robinson (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1961). The prints are each about 14 by 10 inches or 36 by 25 centimeters, a size known as ban. I am grateful to Horst Graebner for information about this series.


Series Kodomo Asobi


Title: The Pine of Ataka (Ataka matsu, 安宅松)

Description: Young boy as a yamabushi (山伏, mountain priest)

Literary reference: Boy as Benkei-Sjb in the noh play Ataka matsu (The Pine of Ataka)


NOTE: The left lower corner of this print has the number 1 within a circle ().

Title: 100 Nights by Carriage (Momoyo guruma, 百夜車)

Description: Boy dressed as Fukakusa Shsh holding an umbrella

Literary reference: Fukakusa Shsh, a high-ranking courtier of the early Heian period, was a suitor of the poetess Ono no Komachi. Komachi promised that if he visited her continuously for a hundred nights, then she would become his lover. He visited her every night, regardless of the weather, but died on the ninety-ninth night.


NOTE: The left lower corner of this print has the number 3 within a circle ().

Kuniyoshi - [Children's Games] two young boys performing a dance


Title: Yoshi

Description: Two young boys performing a dance

Literary reference: