The Life of Asakura

(Asakura kazuyo, 浅倉一代記)

1851

 

This series shows scenes from the kabuki play Higashiyama Sakura s˘shi (東山桜荘子, The Higashiyama Storybook) performed in the 8th month of 1851 at the Nakamura Theater.á It is not listed in Kuniyoshi by Basil William Robinson (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1961).á The prints are each about 14 by 10 inches (36 by 25 centimeters), a size known as ˘ban.

 

Actors: Band˘ Hikosabur˘ IV as Watashimori Jinbei (渡し守甚平, sitting) and Ichikawa Kodanji IV as Asakura T˘go (standing)

Publisher: Kakumoto-ya Kinjir˘

 

Scene: Tsűten Bridge scene

Actors: Band˘ Hikosabur˘ IV as Ashikaga Yoshimasa (on bridge) and Ichikawa Kodanji IV as Asakura T˘go

Publisher: Izu-ya Sankichi

 

I am grateful to Marc DeVriese for this image.

 

Actors: Asakura T˘go (Band˘ Hikosabur˘ IV) being tortured in front of his wife (Onoe Kikujir˘ II) and three children

Publisher: Izu-ya Sankichi

 

I am grateful to Marc DeVriese for this image.

 

Actors: Ichikawa Kodanji IV as Asakura T˘go

Publisher: Sumiyoshi-ya Masagor˘

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