The Flowers of Edo Likened to the Five Otokodate

(Hana no Edokko Zoroi Mitate Gonin Otoko, 花の江戸ッ子揃 見立á 五人男)

Publishers: Kawaguchi-ya Ch˘z˘

c. 1832


This series shows kabuki actors as Otokodate (男伊達).á Otokodate, or street knights, were gallant and chivalrous commoners who protected ordinary people from the abuses of low-ranking samurai.á This series is not listed in Kuniyoshi by Basil William Robinson (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1961).á Each sheet bears the title Hana no Edokko Zoroi Mitate Gonin Otoko.á The Otokodate are named, but the names of the actors representing them are encoded in rebuses in the cartouches.á The prints are each about 14 by 10 inches (36 by 25 centimeters), a size known as ˘ban.á I am grateful to Robert Pryor for his contributions to this series.á



Sawamura Tossh˘ I as Gokunin Senemon (極印千右エ門)


Ichikawa Ebiz˘ Vas Kaminari Sh˘kur˘ (かみなり庄九郎)


Nakamura Shikan II as Hotei Ichiemon (ほてい市右衛門)


Band˘ Mitsugor˘ IV as Anno Heibei (あんの平べい)



Onoe Kikugor˘ III as Karigane Bunshichi (雁かね文七)