Miscellaneous prints of acrobats, top spinners, and magicians,

Part I

 

In Japan, both children and adults play with spinning tops (koma, 独楽), often competitively.á Most of these prints deal with public performances of top spinning by professional entertainers.á Unless otherwise indicated, each sheet is about 14 by 10 inches (36 by 25 centimeters), a size known as ˘ban.

 

Title:

Description: A spinning-top performance by Okuyama Denji

Date: 1842-1846

Publisher: Minato-ya Kohei

 

 

Title:

Description: A spinning-top performance by Okuyama Denji

Date: 1842-1846

Publisher: Minato-ya Kohei

 

 

Title:

Description: A spinning-top performance by Takezawa Toji (竹澤 藤次)

Date: 1844 (censor Muramatsu Genroku)

Publisher: Yamaguchi-ya T˘bei

 

 

Title:

Description: Takezawa Toji (竹澤 藤次), whose crest is on the fan, conjuring up a dragon

Date: 1842-1846

Publisher:

 

 

Title: Takezawa T˘ji, the Best Performer with Spinning Tops

Description:

Date: 1844

Publisher: Fujioka-ya Hikotar˘

 

 

Title:

Description: Ball performance by the juggler Kikukawa Kunimaru

Date: 1841

Publisher:

 

NOTE: This print is about 14 by 6.5 inches (36 by 17 centimeters), a size known as ˘tanzakuban.

 

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Description:

Date: 1842-1846

Publisher: Minato-ya Kohei

 

 

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Description:

Date: 1842-1846

Publisher: Yamaguchi-ya T˘bei

 

 

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Description:

Date: 1842-1846

Publisher:

 

 

Title:

Description:

Date: c. 1848 (censor Murata Sahei)

Publisher: Kiku-ya K˘sabur˘

 

 

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Description:

Date: c. 1845-1846

Publisher: Man (phonetic reading of )

 

 

 

 

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Description:

Date: 1846-1852

Publisher: Murata-ya Ichibei

 

 

Title:

Description: Takezawa Toji (竹澤 藤次)

Date: 1846-1852

Publisher: Yamaguchi-ya T˘bei

 

 

Title: Premier Top Spinning Tricks by Takezawa Toji (一流曲独楽 竹沢藤次)

Description: Takezawa Toji withing spinning tops

Date: 1844

Publisher: Yamaguchi-ya T˘bei

 

 

Title: None

Description:

Date: 1846-1852

Publisher: No seal

 

 

Series: Takezawa Toji (竹澤 藤次)

Description: Takezawa Toji spinning tops

Text: たばこと塩の博物館蔵

Date: 1842-1846 Publisher: Iba-ya Sensabur˘

 

 

 

 

Series: Takezawa Toji (竹澤 藤次)

Description: Takezawa Toji with a spinning top and a long smoking pipe

Date: 1842-1846

Publisher: Iba-ya Sensabur˘

 

 

Series: Takezawa Toji (竹澤 藤次)

Description: Takezawa Toji with top

Text: 江戸の花一流曲独楽 金毛九尾 三国渡

Date: 1842-1846 (censor Fukatsu Ihei)

Publisher: Iba-ya Sensabur˘

 

 

Series: Takezawa Toji (竹澤 藤次)

Description:

Text: 江戸の花一流曲独楽 於岩稲荷怪談廻

Date: 1842-1846 Publisher: Iba-ya Sensabur˘

 

 

Series: Takezawa Toji (竹澤 藤次)

Robinson: Not listed

Description: A spinning-top performance by Takezawa Toji (竹澤 藤次) and his student Takezawa Manji (竹澤 万次)

Date: 1843-1846 (censor Yoshimura Gentar˘)

Publisher: Sano-ya Kihei

 

 

Series: Takezawa Toji (竹澤 藤次)

Robinson: Not listed

Description: A spinning-top performance by Takezawa Toji (竹澤 藤次) and his student Takezawa Kaneji (竹澤 兼次)

Date: 1843-1846 (censor Yoshimura Gentar˘)

Publisher: Sano-ya Kihei

 

 

 

I am grateful to Hayley Webster for this key block print of the above design.

 

Title: Spinning tricks performed by Takezawa Toji 曲独楽 竹澤藤次

Description: Takezawa Toji (竹澤 藤次) with spinning top and ghost

Date: c. 1842-1846

Publisher: Maru-ya Seijir˘

 

 

Series: Hayatake Torakichi (早竹 虎吉)

Title: Performance at Edo Nishi-Ryogoku, Torakichi Balancer of Men

Robinson: 214

Description:

Date: 2nd month of 1857

Publisher: Daikoku-ya Kinnosuke

 

 

Series: Hayatake Torakichi (早竹 虎吉)

Title: 冨士旗竿

Robinson: 214

Description: Acrobat on the Fuji flagpole

Date: 2nd month of 1857

Publisher: Daikoku-ya Kinnosuke

 

 

Series: Hayatake Torakichi (早竹 虎吉)

Title: Stone Bridge (Shakky˘, 石橋)

Robinson: 214

Description: Acrobat dressed as a Shakky˘mono lion dancer performing a balancing stunt

Date: 2nd month of 1857

Publisher: Daikoku-ya Kinnosuke

 

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

 

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