Artist: Gayūken Shunsei (画遊軒春勢)

Print: Onoe Tamizō II (二代目尾上多見蔵) as both Kajiwara Genta [梶原源太] and as a fisherman from the play Hatsuharu no Kotobuki Iwau Kokonobake 初春寿九化 - (A Dance of Nine Changes - 九之化之内)

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Dates: created,1829
Dimensions: Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print

Signed: Gayūken Shunsei ga
Publishers: Kichi (Marks U140 - seal closest to 06-012)
and Honya Seishichi (Marks 123 - seal 13-004)

Related links: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Lyon Collection - Tamizō as both Gorō Tokimune and a young girl;Lyon Collection - Tamizō as a nightwatchman and a Chinese princess;Osaka Prints - Kaminari and Tobane from this series;

Physical description:

The name of this play and the actor are written on the collapsible lantern.

Illustrated in color in Osaka Prints by Dean J. Schwaab, p. 130, #114 and in black and white in Osaka-Holzschnitte by Hendrick Lühl, p. 90.


Hatsuharu no kotobuki iwau kokonobake (Nine changes for long-life in early spring: 初春寿九化) brought together a set of nine pieces for a single actor to showcase his skills in acting, recitation, and dance. It is an example of so-called hatsuharu kyōgen ("early spring plays" or "New Year's plays": 初春狂言).


Kajiwara Genta and his brother are major characters in stories told of 12th century figures involved in the Heike sagas. Genta's identifying motif, as seen on his voluminous trousers, are the pair of the fletchings of arrows.