Imitations of the Twelve Months

(Miburi ju-ni omoi gwatsu, 身振十二おもい月)

Publisher: Ebisu-ya Sh˘shichi



In this series of prints, a well-known actor represents each of the twelve months.á The series is listed as number 211 in Kuniyoshi by Basil William Robinson (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1961).á The prints are each about 14 by 10 inches (36 by 25 centimeters), a size known as ˘ban.



January: Kite with the face of actor Band˘ Mitsugor˘ IV and actor Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII as a lobster or prawná

February: Actorá Onoe Baik˘ IV as a fox


March: Actors Ichikawa Kodanji IV and Ichikawa Hakoemon as paper dolls, actor Iwai Kumesabur˘ III as a court lady, actor Onoe Tamiz˘ II as a child doll and Nakayama Bunogor˘ as a papier-mÔchÚ dog


April: Actor Band˘ Shuka as Kuckuck and actor Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VI Buddha

May: Actor Nakamura Utaemon IV as Sh˘ki the demon queller and actor Seki Sanjűr˘ III as Agari Kabuto


June: Actor Nakamura Tsuruz˘ as serpent of Mt. Fuji

July: Actor ďtani Tomoemon IV as Onigawara

August: Actor Ichikawa Kuz˘ II as a monkey

September: Actor Onoe Kikujir˘ II as a butterfly



October: Actor Ichimura Uzaemon XII as Ebisu and actor Sawamura S˘jűr˘ as a sea bream

November: Actor ďtani Hiroemon representing the festival of tori no machi (cock fair)

December: Actor Sakata Sajűr˘ II as a salmon