Artist: Shunkōsai Hokushū (春好斎北洲)

Print: Nakamura Utaemon III (中村歌右衛門) as Inanoya Hanbei (稲野屋半兵衛) in Koina Hanbei Kuruwa Iroage [小稲半兵廓色揚げ?]

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Dates: circa 1822,created
Dimensions: 9.75 in,14.625 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print

Signed: Shunkōsai Hokushū ga
Artist's seal: Hokushū

Related links: Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg; Hankyu Culture Foundation; Lyon Collection - an 1825 related triptych by Kunisada;Cleveland Museum of Art;

Physical description:

In The Hundred Poets Compared by Henk Herwig and Joshua Mostow it say on page 152 that there is a series of plays based on Koina and Hanbei:

"These stories are based on an actual double suicide (shinju) committed sometime between 1704-10 by the geisha Koina and her lover Inanoya Hanbei. The story staged many times with an ever more baroque plot, culminating in Tsuruya Nanboku IV's 1821 Sanga no shō Soga no shimadai in which Sasano Gonzō, accused of committing adultery, disguises himself as a Fukugawa prostitute named Koina, while the woman he was accused of having an affair with disguises herself as Hanbei. As in all versions, the two lovers eventually kill themselves."


The poem is by Suihenjin.

The text on the print reads: 見るからにほれけもさすか名人の仕うちは扨もよい男ふり 水辺人


This print is illustrated in black and white in Ōsaka Kagami 大阪鏡 by Jan van Doesburg on page 35.