Fashionable Series of Children’s Dances

(Fūryū kodomo odori zukushi, 風流子供踊り盡)

Publisher: Maru-ya Seijirō

c. 1840

 

This series shows children as dancers against a background of colored stylized clouds.  It is listed as number 142 in Kuniyoshi by Basil William Robinson (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1961).  Many, and possibly all, of these designs were also used in the series Children's Games.  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 assisting with this series.

 

 

Subtitle: The Heron Maiden (Sagi musume, さぎ娘)

Description: Child dressed as the Heron Maiden wearing a long-sleeved kimono with a black velvet obi and holding a large open umbrella

 

 

Subtitle: Sanbasō (三ばそう)

Description: Children as sambasō dancers

 

 

Subtitle: Hama Matsukaze (はま松かぜ)

Description: Matsukaze on the beach

 

A simplified state of the above design

 

Subtitle: Dojoji

Description: Child dancing with fan

 

 

Subtitle: Shūjaku (しうじやく)

Description: Girl holding a shūjaku, a lion mask from the kabuki dance Hanabusa Shūjaku no Shishi

 

 

An alternate state of the above design

 

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

Description: Two children dressed as Yama Uba and Kaido-maru dancing with drums

 

 

Another state without any green

 

Subtitle: Mitsu Ningyō (三ツ人形)

Description: Girl carrying two buckets

 

NOTE: The dance-drama Sono Sugata Hana no Utsushie is commonly called Mitsu Ningyō

 

 

Another state of the above design

 

Subtitle: Woman of Ohara Village (Oharame, おはら女)

Description: Girl with bundle of brushwood on her head

 

 

Another state of the above design with a blue ground

 

An additional state in which the cartouche reads Kyōto Children as Tradesmen (Keishi kodomo akindo, 京師子供商人)

 

Subtitle: Shakkyo (石橋)

Description: Child performing the lion dance from the play Shakkyo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Subtitle: Kakubei (角べい)

Description: Two boys performing the Echigo Lion Dance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    “Robinson” refers to listing of the series in Kuniyoshi by Basil William Robinson (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1961). 

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