Signed: ōju Kōchōrō hitsu
Publisher: Fukuda Kumajirō
Carver: Watanabe Tsunejirō
Related links: Harvard Art Museums; Edo Tokyo Museum; Japan Arts Council; Waseda University - right panel; Hagi Uragami Museum of Art; National Library of Australia; Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts - misattributed as being by Kunichika;
Triptych of actors in Western costume and stilts as puppets and skeletons. This is a kyōgen jōruri opening at the Ichimura Theater (Ichimura za kaijō jōruri kyōgen 市村座開場浄瑠璃狂言).
Illustrated in Ukiyo-e: The Art of the Japanese Print by Frederick Harris, #195, accompanied by a small color reproduction. Harris writes: "It is difficult to tell if these actors are imitating puppets as they have strings attached to them or if they are part of a humorous play that included skeletons." He also places the date as the 1880s and not as 1893 as others do.