Miscellaneous Chûshingura prints

 

In 1702, Lord Asano of Akô was provoked by Kira Kozukenosuke Yoshinaka into drawing his sword in the shogun’s palace, for which he was forced to take his own life, and his estate was confiscated.  Forty-seven of Lord Asano’s retainers, who were now rônin (samurai without masters), planned, and carried out a successful attack on Kira’s palace.  Kira’s head was cut off with the same dagger Lord Asano used to commit seppuku.  (The term “hara-kiri”, although more common in English than “seppuku”, is considered in Japan to be a vulgar and disrespectful description of an honorable act.).  The 46 surviving rônin were forced to take their own lives.  These events were made into the play, Kanadehon Chûshingura.

Kuniyoshi - Mirror of the Loyal Courage of the Faithful Retainers (Chûshin giyû kagami) (R206), Nakamura Kanemon IV as Takebayashi Sadashichi, (11)1852, pub

 

Series: Mirror of the Loyal Courage of the Faithful Retainers (Chûshin giyû kagami, 忠臣義勇鑑)

Robinson: 206

Date: 11th month of 1852

Publisher: Kakumoto-ya Kinjirô

Actor: Nakamura Kanemon IV

Role: Takebayashi Sadashichi Takashige (武林貞七隆重)

 

 

Series: Mirror of the Loyal Courage of the Faithful Retainers (Chûshin giyû kagami, 忠臣義勇鑑)

Robinson: 206

Date: 11th month of 1852

Publisher: Kakumoto-ya Kinjirô

Actor: Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII

Role: Otaka Gengo Tadao (大鷹伝吾忠雄)

 

Kuniyoshi - Mirror of the Loyal Courage of the Faithful Retainers (Chûshin giyû kagami) (R206),  oban, Ichimura Uzaemon XII as Seta Masanojo, (11)1852, 100-1490 to 100-1492

 

Series: Mirror of the Loyal Courage of the Faithful Retainers (Chûshin giyû kagami, 忠臣義勇鑑)

Robinson: 206

Date: 11th month of 1852

Publisher: Kakumoto-ya Kinjirô

Actor: Ichimura Uzaemon XII

Role: Seta Masanojo (潮田政之丞高教)

 

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Series: Pictures of the Loyal Retainers (義土銘々傳)

Number: 3 ()

Robinson: Not listed

Play: Kanadehon Chûshingura (假名手本忠臣蔵)

Inset: Senzaki Yagorô Noriyasu (千崎矢五郎則休)

Date: 12th month of 1857

Publisher: Ogawa Hansuke

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Series: Pictures of the Loyal Retainers (義土銘々傳)

Number: 5 ()

Robinson: Not listed

Play: Kanadehon Chûshingura (假名手本忠臣蔵)

Inset: Kataoka Dengoemon Takafusa (片岡傳五右衛門高房)

Date: 12th month of 1857

Publisher: Ogawa Hansuke

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Series: Pictures of the Loyal Retainers (義土銘々傳)

Number: 7 ()

Robinson: Not listed

Play: Kanadehon Chûshingura (假名手本忠臣蔵)

Inset: Hayami Sôzaemon Mitsutaka (早水総左衛門満尭)

Date: 12th month of 1857

Publisher: Ogawa Hansuke

Kuniyoshi - (triptych) Actor as Oboshi Yuranosuke in Chûshingura

 

Series:

Robinson:

Date: c. 1850-1

Publisher: Tanba-ya Hanjirô

Actor:

Role: Ôboshi Yuranosuke

Oboshi Yuranosuke Yoshio seated on a stool

 

Series: Untitled

Format: kakemono-e (a vertical diptych approximately 28 by 10 inches or 72 by 25 centimeters) 

Description: Ôboshi Yuranosuke Yoshio seated on a stool

Publisher: Ebi-ya Rinnosuke

Date: 1843-1846

Robinson: S95c (not listed)

 

Kuniyoshi - S95c (not listed) portrait of Yoshida Chuzaemon Kanesuke, 1843-1846, pub

 

Series: Untitled

Format: kakemono-e (a vertical diptych approximately 28 by 10 inches or 72 by 25 centimeters) 

Description: Yoshida Chûzaemon Kanesuke seated on a stool Publisher: Ebi-ya Rinnosuke

Date: 1843-1846

Robinson: S95c (not listed)

 

I am grateful to Ward Pieters for locating this image.

Kuniyoshi - Chûshingura, oban of Yoichibei's Home,

Series: Untitled ôban series

Robinson: Not listed

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Actor:

Role: In Yoichibei’s home, Konami kneeling with Rikiya standing before a screen in Act II

Kuniyoshi - Scene from the Chushingura

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Robinson:

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Publisher: Izumi-ya Ichibei

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Role:

Kuniyoshi - (ôban) 8737

Series: The print is numbered seven within a circle ()

Date:

Publisher: Idzutsu-ya Shôkichi

Actor:

Role: Ôboshi Yuranosuke (left) and Moronao (right)

Kuniyoshi - Scene from the Tale of the 47 Ronin (Chûshingura)

Series: The print is inscribed “ro” () which indicates number two in hiragana order

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Roles: Ôboshi Rikiya Yoshikane (right), Ôboshi Yuranosuke Yoshio (standing center) and Shikamatsu Kanroku Yukishige (far left)

Act 5, Ono no Sadakurô robbing Yoichibei, 1849-1852 (censors Hama and Magome)

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Date: 1849-1852 (censors Hama and Magome)

Publisher:

Roles: Ono no Sadakurô robbing Yoichibei in Act 5

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Text: Kana copybook of the Chusingura, Act 10 (仮名手本忠臣蔵, 十段目)

Play: Kanadehon Chushingura

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

 

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