Miscellaneous Prints of Children, Part II

 

 

Series: Children Playing (Kodomo asobi no uchi, 子供あそびの内)

Robinson: 114

Title: Logrolling (角のり, Kakunori)

Size: About 10 by 14 inches (25 by 36 centimeters), a size known as ˘ban

Description: Children performing various balancing stunts

Date: c. 1839

Publisher: Ise-ya Rihei

Series: Famous Views of Edo (Edo sh˘kei)

Robinson: Not listed

Title: A View of Mitsumata and Eitai Bridge Seen from Susaki (Susaki yori Mitsumata Eitaibashi o miru no zu)

Size: Triptych with each panel about 14 by 10 inches (36 by 25 centimeters), a size know as ˘ban

Description: Children flying kites

Date: 1843

Publisher: Sano-ya Kihei

This is another state of the above triptych.á It is a less labor-intensive printing than the above, which almost invariably means a later edition.á In this print, the dark blue in the water was omitted.á

Title: The Battle of Ishibashiyama Played by Children (Kodomo asobi Ishibashiyama, 子供遊石はし山)

Size: Triptych with each panel about 14 by 10 inches (36 by 25 centimeters), a size know as ˘ban

Description:

Date: 11th month of 1855

Publisher: J˘shű-ya Kinz˘

Title: Chiba Kyo Azuma kudari

Size: Triptych with each panel about 14 by 10 inches (36 by 25 centimeters), a size know as ˘ban

Description: Children in a mock daimyo procession

Date: 1842

Publisher: Wakasa-ya Yoichi

Description: Boys in a mock daimyo procession on the shore at sunset

Date: c. 1840

Publisher: Izumi-ya Ichibei

Title: Childrenĺs Calligraphy Contest (幼童席 書会, Y˘d˘ sekigakikai)

Size: Triptych with each panel about 14 by 10 inches (36 by 25 centimeters), a size know as ˘ban

Date: c. 1843

Publisher: Yamashiro-ya

Title: Children Playing with the Word ôTakaraö

Size: Triptych with each panel about 14 by 10 inches (36 by 25 centimeters), a size know as ˘ban

Description: Children playing with the Japanese word for treasure ()

Date: c. 1840s-1852

Publisher: Iba-ya Sensabur˘

Title: The First Painting and Calligraphy of the New Year

Size: Triptych with each panel about 14 by 10 inches (36 by 25 centimeters), a size know as ˘ban

Description:

Date: c. 1843

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Uhei

Title: Children Playing with the Seven Gods of Good Fortune

Size: Triptych with each panel about 14 by 10 inches (36 by 25 centimeters), a size know as ˘ban

Description:

Date: 1838

Publisher: Izumi-ya Ichibei

Title: Children at Play: Raising the Roof of a Storehouse (Kodomo asobi doz˘ no muneage, 子供遊土蔵之上棟)

Size: Triptych with each panel about 14 by 10 inches (36 by 25 centimeters), a size know as ˘ban

Description:

Date: c. 1843

Publisher: J˘shű-ya Kinz˘

Title: Procession of Children on the Occasion of the Opening of the Tametomo Shrine at Ry˘goku

Size: Triptych with each panel about 14 by 10 inches (36 by 25 centimeters), a size know as ˘ban

Description:

Date: 1851

Publisher: Koga-ya Katsugor˘

Title: The Exercise of Matial Arts by Children: Spring, 四ッ廼民稚模様 春) 

Size: Triptych with each panel about 14 by 10 inches (36 by 25 centimeters), a size know as ˘ban

Description: Boys playing at different forms of combat

Date: 1858

Publisher: Yahata-ya Sakujir˘

Description: Children playing in the snow

Size: Nagaban (approximately 8 by 20 inches or 20 by 50 centimeters)

Date: 1826

Series: Collection of Dances by Children (Kodomo odori zukushi, 子供踊尽)

Robinson: 123

Size: ďban triptych (each sheet about 10 by 14 inches or 25 by 36 centimeters)

Description: Children as Okaru (おかる, left) and Kanpei (かん平, right) performing a scene from the kabuki play Kanadehon Chűshingura

Date: c. 1844-1846

Publisher: Nuno-Kichi

Series: Collection of Dances by Children (Kodomo odori zukushi, 子供踊尽)

Robinson: 123

Size: ďban triptych (each sheet about 10 by 14 inches or 25 by 36 centimeters)

Description: Children as Munesada (宗貞, right), Sekibei (関兵衛, center), and Komachi-hime (小町姫, left) performing a scene from the kabuki play Tsumoru koi yukino seki no to (積恋雪関扉)

Date: c. 1841

Publisher: Izumi-ya Ichibei

The above triptych is based on this kabuki scene, with children replacing the actors.

Actors: Ichikawa Saruz˘ I as Komachi hime (小町姫, left), Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII as seki Sekibei (関兵衛, center sheet), and Ichikawa Komaz˘ VII as Munesada (宗貞, right)

Play: Tsumoru koi yukino seki no to (積恋雪関扉)

Date: 11th month of 1853

Theater: Nakamura

Publisher: J˘shű-ya Kinz˘

Series: None

Robinson: This triptych is listed as T49 in Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints by Basil William Robinson (Cornell University Press, Ithaca, NY, 1982)

Title: A Set of Heroic Children (Osanashi-dachi buyű soroi)

Size: Triptych with each panel about 14 by 10 inches (36 by 25 centimeters), a size know as ˘ban

Description: Below are the names of the thirty-six boys represented, each followed in parentheses by his adult name, or other information given on the print:

 

RIGHT-HAND SHEET

(right-hand edge, top to bottom): Tokuju Maru (Nitta Yoshioki), HakoMaru (Soga Gor˘ Tokimune), Ichiman Maru (Soga Jur˘ Sukenari), Aza Maru (Aku-shichiby˘ye Kagekiyo)

 

(middle): Shiragiku Maru (novice of Gwag˘ji), Uhy˘ye-no-suke Minamoto no Yoritomo (fifth son of Yoshitomo), Gor˘ Maru (Mimmaya no Shigemune)

 

(left-hand side): Ju˘ Maru (ďtomo no Sukune Kanamura), Onz˘shi Tametomo (eighth son of Tameyoshi), Bij˘ Maru (son of Minamoto no Yorinobu, Kwaid˘ Maru (Sakata no Kintoki), Hy˘z˘ (Tetsu K˘dzuke, son of a farmer of Echigo)

 

MIDDLE SHEET

(right-hand side): Kana-ishi Maru (Kud˘ Suketsune), K˘ju Maru (son of Fujiwara no Nakamitsu), Wada Masatora (Genshű), Taira no Tomoakira (son of Tomomori), Oniwaka Maru (Musashi-b˘ Benkei)

 

(middle): Ushiwaka Maru (Kur˘ Hangwan Yoshitsune), Ari˘ Maru (page to Shunkwan), Chikud˘ Maru, Mukwan-no-tayű Atsumori (son of Sammi Tsunemori)

 

(left-hand side): Wakiya Yoshiharu (son of Yoshisuke and younger brother of Nitta Yoshisada) , Nagasaki Jir˘ (page to H˘j˘ Takatoki), Kusunoki Masatsura (eldest son of Masashige), KonMaru (Tosa-b˘ Sh˘shun)

 

LEFT-HAND SHEET

(right-hand side): Kiku˘ Maru (page to N˘to no Kami Noritsune), S˘ma Kotar˘ Yoshikado (son of Masakado) , Kamakura Gongor˘ Kagemasa (page to Yoshiiye), The Rough Boy of Usui-t˘ge (Usui Sadamitsu)

 

(middle): Antoku Tenn˘, Tamon Maru (Kusunoki Masashige), Kojiro Nao-iye (son of Kumagaya Naozane)

 

(left-hand side): KomaMaru (Kiso Kwanja Yoshinaka), Hijiri Maru (page to Hioki Daizen), Kid˘ Maru (novice of Hiyeizan), Kichij˘ Maru (ďtomo Yoshinao)

Date: c. 1839-1841

Publisher: Izumi-ya Ichibei

Title: None

Size: Chűban about 7 by 10 inches (18 by 25 centimeters)

Description: Hotei leading a parade of children holding lanterns

Date: 1840

Publisher: Enshű-ya Matabei

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

 

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