Artist: Ōta Masamitsu (太田雅光)

Print: Leading Figures of the Modern Stage in Their Famous Roles, No. 11: Hanayagi Shōtarō (花柳章太郎) as Taki no Shiraito (瀧の白糸) or The Waterfall's White Thread

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Dates: 1954,created
Dimensions: 11.0 in,16.7 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: color woodblock print

Signed: Masamitsu (雅光)
Printer's mark: Miyake Koshodo shosatsu
Number - embossed in lower right: 153

Related links: Portland Art Museum; Waseda University; Lyon Collection - another copy of this print;

Physical description:

Hanayagi is depicted here as Taki no Shiraito (The Waterfall's White Thread), an itinerant female entertainer in Izumi Kyoka's play and film, Giketsu kyoketsu.


A 'new school' or shimpa, a term coined in 1897, the Shinsei Shimpa, was formed around Hanayagi Shōtarō in 1939 and had a good beginning. "The Miyako Shinbun, a newspaper with an authoritative voice in theatre matters, singled out this company as having mounted all but one of the most memorable productions in 1940, and Hanayagi was praised extravagantly for several performances in 1941." It was a very profitable school.