Three Highlights of Great Spinning Top Performances

(Sankyoku ukare no ˘goma, 三曲うかれの大独楽)

Publisher: Fujioka-ya Hikotar˘

c. 1850

 

This series announces the name changes of two entertainers who are known for their performances with spinning tops.á It is not listed in Kuniyoshi by Basil William Robinson (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1961).á The prints are each about 10 by 14 inches (25 by 36 centimeters), a size known as ˘ban.á I am grateful to Robert Pryor for information about this series.

 

 

Text: The famous Takezawa Baish˘, formerly Takezawa T˘ji, performing multiple characters with quick-changes at Ryogoku Hirokoji along with Takezawa T˘ji III, formerly Takezawa Manji (御なじみ竹澤藤治改め竹澤梅升 忰萬治改三代目竹澤藤治 早替り引ぬき 両国広小路ニて相勤申候)

Description: The new Takezawa T˘ji (竹澤 藤次) as Raijin (Kaminari) with his thunder drums and grappling hook while Takezawa Baish˘ (竹沢梅升) bows to the audience

 

Text: The famous Takezawa Baisho, formerly Takezawa T˘ji, performing at Ryogoku Hirokoji together with Takezawa T˘ji III, formerly Takezawa Manji (御なじみ竹澤藤治改竹澤梅升, 両国広小路ニて相勤申候, 忰萬治改三代目竹澤藤治, 相勤申候)

Description: Takezawa Baish˘ as Tenjiku Tokubei, the new Takezawa T˘ji as his alter-ego Zato Tokuichi and one of Tokubeiĺs magic toads in the background

 

 

 

Text: The famous Takezawa Baish˘, formerly Takezawa T˘ji, performing at Ryogoku Hirokoji together with Takezawa T˘ji III, formerly Takezawa Manji (御なじみ竹澤藤治改め竹澤梅升, 忰萬治改三代目竹澤藤治, 両国広小路ニおいて相勤申候)

Description: Takezawa Baish˘ is shown greeting the audience for his name change with the new Takezawa T˘ji as Benzaiten on a cloud with a koto

 

 

 

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