Sumô Wrestler Prints,

Part II

 

Kuniyoshi - (sumô triptych) Two sumô wrestlers at grips before the umpires

Wrestlers: Kotôzan Bunemon (湖東山文右エ門, left) and Iwamigata Jôemon (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 Hikotarô

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

Wrestlers: Shiranui-emon (不知火右衛門, left) and Kagiyama Taniemon (劔山谷右衛門, right)

Judge: Shikimori Inosuke (式守伊之助, left) and Miyagino (宮城野, right)

Date: c. 1843

Publisher: Fujioka-ya Hikotarô

Kuniyoshi - (sumô triptych),

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 Ekôin Temple grounds

Wrestlers: The wrestlers on the right are on the higashi (east side).  From the right, in descending order in ranking: Tsurugizan (ôzeki), Koyanagi (sekiwake), Goyôboku (komusubi), Iôzan, Arakuma, Tomozuna, Kumagatake, Kumosayama, Musashino, Masuizan (stepping into the ring), Kumoudake (already standing in the ring).  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.  The ôzeki 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 - (sumô triptych)

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

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: 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: 1847-1853

Publisher:

Kuniyoshi - (sumô triptych),Triptych Of Sumo Wrestlers

Another state of the above design

Title: Illustration of Sumô Wrestlers Entering the Ring at Kanjin Matches

Subject: Ceremonial entry of wrestlers

Date: c. 1847-1850

Publisher:

TitleUdaishô Yoritomo- sumô 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 sumô wrestling match before Yoritomo and his son SanetomoChôkyô wrestling with Chikatsune, umpired by Ogata Saburô Masayoshi

Publisher: Fujioka-ya Hikotarô

Date: c. 1839-1841

Robinson: T74

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

DescriptionKawazu Saburô Sukeyasu and Matano Gorô 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 sumô no zu

DescriptionKawazu Saburô Sukeyasu throwing Matano Gorô Kagehisa in their wrestling match before Yoritomo, Ôba Kagechika and others

Publisher: Izumi-ya Seishichi 

Date: Snake 2, March 1857

Robinson: T340

Title: Akazawa-yama ô-sumô (赤沢山 大相撲)

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

Publisher: Maru-ya Kyűshirô

Date: 4th month of 1858

Robinson: T353

 

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

 “Robinson” 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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