Performances by Okuyama Denji

in the Precinct of Asakusa Kannon Temple

(Asakusa Kanzeon jinai oite kyoku Okuyama Denji,

浅草観世音地内於て 曲獨楽奥山傳司)

Publisher: Yamaguchi-ya Tbei

c. 1844


Okuyama Denji (獨楽奥山傳司) was an entertainer known for his performances with spinning tops. This series is not listed in Kuniyoshi by Basil William Robinson (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1961). The prints are each about 14 by 10 inches (36 by 25 centimeters), a size known as ban. I am grateful to Robert Pryor for assisting with this series.



Text: 細工人竹田縫殿之助, 五節供の内皐月

Description: Okuyama Denji with spinning top and long pipe



Text: 細工人竹田縫殿之助, 五節供の内弥生

Description: Okuyama Denji balancing spinning top on pipe in his mouth




Text: 細工人竹田縫殿之助, 五節供の内孟春

Description: Okuyama Denji with spinning top and battledore



Text: 細工人竹田縫殿之助

Description: Okuyama Denji in a cart surrounded by flowers, with young child and spinning top