Children’s Games

(Kodomo asobi, 子供遊)

Publisher: Maru-ya Seijirō

c. 1842


The seal of the publisher, Maru-ya Seijirō, does not appear on all the prints.  Most, and possibly all, of the designs in this series were also used in the series Fashionable Series of Children's Dances.  This series is listed as number 146 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 ōban.  I am grateful to Robert Pryor for his contributions to this series.



Description: Child in elegant dress with fan




Description: Child in elegant dress with umbrella




Description: Child as shakkyō dancer performing the lion dance


NOTE: This print has a subtitle cartouche, which is not shown in this image. 


Description: Children as Yama Uba and Kaido-maru

Subtitle: Yama Uba, Kaido-maru (山うば怪童丸)