Personal Encounters for the Eight Views

(Au-mi hakkei, 遇躬八警)

1848

 

In eleventh century China, eight views of the Xiao and Xiang Rivers developed as a formalized series of landscape paintings.  They represented views of the rivers and wetlands around Lake Dongting.  The same eight views–autumn moon, lingering snow, evening glow, vesper bells, returning boats, clearing weather, night rain and homing geese–are likened to scenes from kabuki plays in this series of prints.  This series is listed as number 178 in Kuniyoshi by Basil William Robinson (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1961).  Some, and possible all, of these designs exist with the seal of either the publisher Shimizu-ya Naojirô or the publisher Arita-ya Seiemon (Kiyoemon). The prints are each about 14 by 10 inches (36 by 25 centimeters), a size known as ôban.

 

View:

Actor: Nakamura Kanemon IV as Musashino Shûgetsu (武蔵野秋月)

Play:

Publisher: Arita-ya Seiemon

 

 

 

View:

Actor: Ichimura Uzaemon XII in the role of Takechi Seiran (武智光秀).

Play: Go hiiki Hisago no sashimono

Date: 5th month of 1848

Theater: Ichimura

Publisher: Shimizu-ya Naojirô

 

 

 

Another state of the above design also published by Shimizu-ya Naojirô.  The gaudy colors indicate a later printing.

 

View: Lingering Snow at Shiraga (Shiraga bosetsu, 白髪暮雪)

Actor: Ichikawa Kodanji IV as Hige no Ikyu (髭の意休)

Play: Sukeroku sakura no futae obi

Publisher: Arita-ya Seiemon

 

 

 

The same design published by Shimizu-ya Naojirô

 

 

 

View: Evening Bell at Mii Temple (Mii no banshô)

Actor: Unidentified actor as Izutsu Banshô after upturning the go table

Play:

Publisher: Shimizu-ya Naojirô

 

 

 

Title: Yatate no kihan (矢立帰半)

View: Returning Sails at Yabase

Actor: Sawamura Sojûrô V as Yadate Kihan (呉服屋重兵衛) jotting in his notebook

Play:

Publisher: Arita-ya Seiemon

 

 

 

Another state of the above design published by Shimizu-ya Naojirô

 

View: Sunset at Seta

Actor: Unidentified actor as the Strong Woman of Seta fighting the police

Play:

Publisher: Arita-ya Seiemon

 

 

Another state of the above design published by Shimizu-ya Naojirô

 

View: Night rain at Romon waterfall (Romon yu, 樓門夜雨)

Actor: Ichikawa Danjûrô VII as Watonai (和藤内)

Play: Kokusenya kassen

Publisher: Shimizu-ya Naojirô

 

 

Another state of the above design

 

View:

Actor: Onoe Baiko IV as Karigane Bunshichi (雁金文七) and Arashi Jitohachi III as an unnamed actor (right)

Play:

Publisher: Shimizu-ya Naojirô

 

 

 

 

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