Sum˘ Wrestler Prints,

Part II

 

Wrestlers: Kot˘zan Bunemon (湖東山文右エ門, left) and Iwamigata J˘emon (岩見潟丈右エ門, right)

Judge: Musashigawa (武蔵川)

Date: 1842 winter season or the 1843 spring season

Publisher: Fujioka-ya Hikotar˘

The names and faces on the preceding triptych recut to portray wrestlers Ryugoro Kurokumo (黒雲竜五郎, left) and Yukichi Katsurano (桂野勇吉, right)á

Kuniyoshi - (sum˘ triptych) match between Shiranui-emon and Kagiyama Taniemon, pub

Description: Wrestlers Shiranui Dakuemon (不知火右衛門, left) and Tsurugizan Taniemon (劔山谷右衛門, right) with referee Shikimori Inosuke (式守伊之助, left) and judge retired wrestler Miyagino (宮城野, right)

Date: c. 1843

Publisher: Fujioka-ya Hikotar˘

Description: Wrestlers Koyanagi Tsunekichi (小柳常吉, left) and Kagamiiwa Hamanosuke (鏡岩濱助, right)á

Date: 1847-1850 (censors Mera and Murata)

Publisher: Maru-ya Jimpachi (, left sheet) and Musashi-ya Isabur˘ (, center and right sheets)

Title: Wresters entering the Fund-raising Sumo Matches (Kanjin ozumo dohyoiri no zu, 勧進大相撲土俵入之図)

Subject: The ring-entering ceremony from the 1850 spring season held on the Honjo Ek˘in Temple grounds

Wrestlers: The wrestlers on the right are on the higashi (east side).á From the right, in descending order in ranking: Tsurugizan (˘zeki), Koyanagi (sekiwake), Goy˘boku (komusubi), I˘zan, Arakuma, Tomozuna, Kumagatake, Kumosayama, Musashino, Masuizan (stepping into the ring), Kumoudake (already standing in the ring).á Exiting to the left are the wrestlers on the nishi (west side), also in a descending order in ranking from the right: Kagamiiwa (sekiwake, still in the ring), Arauma (komusubi, stepping out of the ring), Tsuneyama, Inagawa, Itsukushima, Kaigatake, Kuroiwa, Kimigatake, Ichiriki, Amatsukaze.á The ˘zeki of the west side, Hidenoyama, is the large figure already off the ring, appearing behind the exiting wrestlers.

Date: 1850

Publisher: Tsujioka-ya Bunsuke

Kuniyoshi - (sum˘ triptych)

A later edition of the same triptych with different wrestlersĺ names and generally harsher colors.á This triptych represents the 1865 winter season, also held at Honjo Ek˘in.á The names on the right are for the east side and those on the left for the west side.á On the east side, they are from the right in a descending order in ranking: Kimenzan (˘zeki), Jinmaku (sekiwake), Chitosegawa (komusubi), Kajigahama, Arauma, Shiramayumi, Terugatake, Yanasedake, Minatogawa, Tsurugataki.á On the west side are, from the right to left also in a descending order in ranking: Shiranui (˘zeki), Onogawa (sekiwake), Washigahama (komusubi), Shushakayama, Chiganoura, Azumazeki, Ayanami, Musashigawa, Ry˘goku, Koshinoumi.

This state is similar to the preceding triptych, except for different names in the two yellow rectangles.

Kuniyoshi - (sumo) Ceremonial entry of wrestlers at the great wrestling match to raise funds for pious causes; umpire seated in the centre is Kimura Shonosuke

Title: Complete Program of the Kanjin Grand Sumo Tournament (Kanjin ˘zum˘ kogyo no zenzu, 勧進大相撲興行之全図)

Subject: Ceremonial entry of wrestlers at the great wrestling match to raise funds for pious causes

Wrestlers: The umpire seated in the center is Kimura Shonosuke

Date: 1849-1851 (censors Fuku and Muramatsu)

Publisher:

 

 

Another state of the above design

Title: Illustration of Sum˘ Wrestlers Entering the Ring at Kanjin Matches (Kanjin ˘zum˘ dohy˘iri no zu, 勧進大相撲土俵入之図)

Subject: Ceremonial entry of wrestlers in a tournament for the benefit of Ekoin Temple in Ryogoku

Date: 1849

Publisher:

An alternate state of the above design

The woodblocks for the left sheet of the preceding triptych were altered and reused in 1852.á The first name (on the right) in the list of wrestlers is Koyanagi (小柳), whereas Tsurugizan (剣山) was listed first in 1849.

Kuniyoshi - (diptych, clouds) Nakamura Utaemon IV as wrestler Nuregami Ch˘gor˘ (R) & Ichikawa Hazaemon wrestler Hanaregoma Ch˘kichiin (L) in 'Futatsu Ch˘ch˘ kuruwa nikki', (8)1841

Wrestlers: Actors Ichikawa Hazaemon as the sum˘ wrestler Hanaregoma Ch˘kichiin (放駒の長吉, left) and Nakamura Utaemon IV as the wrestler Nuregami Ch˘gor˘ (濡髪長五郎, right) in the kabuki play Futatsu Ch˘ch˘ kuruwa nikki

Date: 8th month of 1841

Publisher: Edo-ya Matsugor˘

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Actors: Actor Ichimura Uzaemon XII as sum˘ wrestler Akitsushima Kuniemon (秋津嶋, left) and actor Arashi Kichisabur˘ III as sum˘ wrestler Onigadake Horaemon (鬼ヶ嶽, right) in the kabuki play Sekitori Nidai no Shobuzuke

Date: 9th month of 1850

Theater: Ichimura

PublisherTanba-ya Hanjir˘

Ichikawa Danjuro VIII as wrestler Nuregami Ch˘gor˘ (R) & Arashi Rikan III as wrestler Hanaregoma no Ch˘kichi (L) in 'Futatsu Ch˘ch˘ kuruwa nikki', (2)1852

Actors: Actor Arashi Rikan III as wrestler Hanaregoma no Ch˘kichi (放駒長吉, left) and actor Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII as wrestler Nuregami Ch˘gor˘ (濡髪長五郎, right)

PlayFutatsu ch˘ch˘ kuruwa nikki (双蝶仝曲輪日記, Diary of Two Butterflies in the Pleasure Quarters)

Date: 2nd month of 1852

TheaterKawarasaki

Publisher: ďta-ya Takichi

TitleUdaish˘ Yoritomo- sum˘ go-ran no zu (The Great Wrestling Match before Yoritomo and His Son Sanetomo: Chokyo Wrestling with Chikatsune右大将頼朝公相撲御覧図)

Description: The great sum˘ wrestling match before Yoritomo and his son SanetomoCh˘ky˘ wrestling with Chikatsune, umpired by Ogata Sabur˘ Masayoshi

Publisher: Fujioka-ya Hikotar˘

Date: c. 1839-1841

Robinson: T74

TitleSomoku honch˘ sumai no okori-hara wa etc. (河津三郎俣野五郎相撲図, Picture of Kawazu Sabur˘ and Matano Gor˘ Wrestling)

DescriptionKawazu Sabur˘ Sukeyasu and Matano Gor˘ Kagehisa wrestling before Yoritomo, umpired by Sanada Yoichi Yoshitada in 1170

Publisher: Ebisu-ya Shoshichi (Robinson identifies the publisher as To-Sawa)

Date: 1844

Robinson: T141

TitleAkazawa-yama yűshi sum˘ no zu

DescriptionKawazu Sabur˘ Sukeyasu throwing Matano Gor˘ Kagehisa in their wrestling match before Yoritomo, ďba Kagechika and others

Publisher: Izumi-ya Seishichi 

Date: Snake 2, March 1857

Robinson: T340

Title: Akazawa-yama ˘-sum˘ (赤沢山 大相撲)

Description: Matano Gor˘ Kagehisa (股野五郎景久) thrown by Kawazu Sabur˘ Sukechika (河津三郎祐親) in their sum˘ wrestling match before Yoritomo umpired by Ebina Genpachi Hirotsuna (河津三郎祐安)

Publisher: Maru-ya Kyűshir˘

Date: 4th month of 1858

Robinson: T353

 

NOTE: This bout took place on Akazawayama Mountain in 1176.á

 

SceneKawazu Sukeyasu (河津佐保) throwing Matano Kagehisa (又野景久) in a sum˘ match under tent drapery bearing the Kud˘ mon 

Publisher: Izumi-ya Ichibei

Date: c. 1825

Robinson: S1a.15

 

 

Another state of the above design

 

This is a hikifuda (advertising print).á The text on top reads ôfashionable sum˘ wigs, Senjok˘ Toritsugiö (Fűryű sum˘ kazura Senjok˘ Toritsugi, 風流角力数面去 丸清板)

 

The text in the right lower corner reads ôSenjok˘ Toritsugiö (仙女香取次, the brand being advertised)

 

 

ôRobinsonö refers to listing in Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints by Basil William Robinson (Cornell University Press, Ithaca, NY, 1982) and its privately published supplement.

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