Thirty-six Fashionable Restaurants of the Eastern Capital

(Tto ryk san-j-rokkwaiseki, 東都流行三十六會席)

1852

 

This series shows bust portraits of kabuki actors in character with restaurants in the background. The cartouche in the right upper corner is bordered by objects from the play. The number of designs in this series is unknown. It is listed as number 187 in Kuniyoshi by Basil William Robinson (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1961). The prints are each about 14 by 10 inches (36 by 25 centimeters), a size known as ban.

 

Title: Doguya Mukjima Jinzo (道具屋向島甚三)

Actor: Arashi Kichisabur III as Jinzo

Restaurant: Dogu-ya Restaurant at Mukjima Jubei

Publisher: Yamaguchi-ya Tbei

 

Information courtesy of Guy Pepermans

 

 

Title: Yazama Jtar (Suzaki Yazama Jtar, 洲嵜矢間重太郎)

Actor: Ichikawa Danjr VIII as Yazama Jtar (洲嵜矢間重太郎)

Play: A Lecture on Loyalty in Simple Language (Chk kanagaki kshaku)

Restaurant: Suzaki Restaurant

Publisher: Yamaguchi-ya Tbei

 

NOTE: This play is a variant of the classic kabuki play, Kanadehon chshingura. The landscape is signed Yoshitori ga. I am grateful to Guy Pepermans for providing information about this print.

 

Title:

Actor: Band Hikosabur IV as Takechi Mitsuhide

Play: Kabuki no haru kokoni Mitsuhide performed at the Ichimura Theater in the 10th month of 1852

Restaurant: ji Restaurant

Publisher: Yamamoto-ya Heikichi

 

Information courtesy of Guy Pepermans

 

 

Title:

Actor: Iwai Kumesabur III

Restaurant: Yagenaki Restaurant

Publisher: Yamaguchi-ya Tbei

 

Information courtesy of Guy Pepermans

 

 

Title: Nanakusa-kan Yushima Chohan no (七草官 湯嶌 丁氾の?)

Actor: Band Hikosabur IV as the ghost of Chohan

Restaurant: Nanakusa no kwan Restaurant at Yushima

Publisher: Yamamoto-ya Heikichi

 

Information courtesy of Guy Pepermans

 

 

Title:

Actor: Onoe Kikugor III as the carpenter Rokusabur

Play: Mijikayo ukina no chirashigaki

Restaurant: Yagenori Restaurant

Publisher: Yamaguchi-ya Tbei

 

Information courtesy of Guy Pepermans

 

 

Title:

Actor: Actor as Jakuren-hshi

Play: Komochi Yamanba

Restaurant: Konpa-ro (Golden Wave) Restaurant in Imado

Publisher: Yamamoto-ya Heikichi

 

Title: Mukjima Sobai Shukuchoku-no-suke (向島葱賣宿直之介)

Actor: Actor as ...nosuke

Restaurant: Sobai Restaurant at Mukjima

Publisher: Yamaguchi-ya Tbei

 

Information courtesy of Guy Pepermans

 

 

Title:

Actor: Nakamura Kanemon IV as Miyamoto Musashi

Play: Katakiuchi Nito Eiyuki

Restaurant: Mukjima Restaurant

Publisher: Yamamoto-ya Heikichi

 

Information courtesy of Guy Pepermans

 

 

Title: Old man Kasahara at Nihonbashi (Nihonbashi Kasahara-, 日本橋笠原翁)

Actor: Posthumous portrait of Onoe Kikugor III (1784-1849) as Kasahara Zuiken (Old Man Kasahara)

Restaurant: Okina-an, meaning cottage of the old man, on a sign board not visible in this photograph

Publisher: Yamamoto-ya Heikichi

 

 

Title: Sanya Yaoya Hanbei (山谷八百屋半兵衛)

Actor: Nakamura Kanemon IV as Yaoya Hambei

Play: Shinju Yoi-goshin

Restaurant: Sanya Restaurant

Publisher: Yamaguchi-ya Tbei

 

 

 

Title: Shirai Gonpachi (大?の白井権八)

Actor: Ichikawa Danjr VIII as Shirai Gompachi

Restaurant: do Terasaki (or Ooto-kichi)

Publisher: Yamaguchi-ya Tbei

 

Information courtesy of Guy Pepermans

 

 

Title:

Actor: Band Shka I as Umekawa holding a love-letter

Restaurant: Yanagibashi Restaurant in Baisen

Publisher: Yamaguchi-ya Tbei

 

Information courtesy of Guy Pepermans

 

 

Title: Aoyanagi Ryogoku Haru-no-suke (青柳両国春之助)

Actor: Nakamura Fukusuke as Higuchi (Jir) Kanemitsu disguised as the boatman Matsuemon

Play: Hiragana Seisuki

Restaurant: Aoyanagi Restaurant at Rygku

Publisher: Yamamoto-ya Heikichi

 

Information courtesy of Guy Pepermans

 

This is one of several series of prints Kuniyoshi designed consisting of bust portraits with irregularly shaped cartouches in the right upper corner. In each of these series, the cartouche is bordered by small pictures. The table below shows a typical cartouche from each of these series as well as the script within the cartouche that identifies the series. The color of the cartouches is not a reliable guide to identifying the series, as it may vary with successive printings.

English title: Mirror of the Loyal Courage of the Faithful Retainers

Japanese title: Chshin giy kagami

Description: Bust of an actor as one of the Forty-seven Rnin with a landscape background

English title: Famous Views of Edo Selected for the Twelve Months

Japanese title: Edo meisho mitate j-ni ka gwatsu no uchi

Description: Bust of actor with landscape in upper half of print above a stylized cloud

English title: Selection for the Twelve Signs

Japanese title: Mitate jnishi no uchi

Description: Bust of an actor with a full-length figure of another actor in a landscape as a background

English title: Set of Views of Fuji from Edo in Iroha Order

Japanese title: Nanatsu iroha Tto Fuji zukushi

Description: Actors bust with landscape showing Mount Fuji inserter in the left upper corner

English title: Celebrated Products of Mountains and Seas

Japanese title: Sankai medetai zue

Description: Bust of beautiful woman with insert of landscape showing provincial industry in left upper corner

NOTE: Various scripts were used in this series, but the two kanji shown at left are most consistent

English title: Thirty-six Fashionable Restaurants of the Eastern Capital

Japanese title: Tto ryk san-j-rokkwaiseki

Description: Bust of actor with restaurant in background

English title: Military Brilliance for the Eight Views

Japanese title: Ybu hakkei

Description: Bust of a military hero in a landscape

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