Artist: Utagawa Kunisada (歌川国貞) / Toyokuni III (三代豊国)

Print: Matsumoto Kōshirō V (松本幸四郎) as the robber Ishikawa Goemon
(石川五右衛門) in the play Sanmon gosan no kiri [楼門五三桐]

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Dates: 1826,created
Dimensions: 10.0 in,14.75 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese color woodblock print
Inscription: Signed: Gototei Kunisada ga
Publisher: Ōmiya Heihachi (Marks 413 - seal 01-102)
Censor's seal: kiwame

Related links: British Museum; Ritsumeikan University; Ritsumeikan University - all eight examples (over two pages); Lyon Collection - another print from this series;

Physical description:

Below are two different readings of the poem on this page. The first is from Kunisada: Imaging Drama and Beauty.

hatsugiri tatsu ya / fuyō no / hana no hana

The first haze rises -
the 'nose flower' as beautiful
as the cotton rose.

This translation is by Maria L. Bugno.


The poem written at the top of this print is by Shūyatei Kinshō (秋夜亭錦升), Matsumoto Kōshirō V's poetic name.

The text reads:

Hatsugasumi tatsuya fuyo no hana no hana



This print is from a series of 12 portraits of kabuki actors in famous roles. Each is accompanied by a poem. Eight prints from this series can be found at Ritsumeikan University. See the link above.

It should also be noted that there are two versions of the print featured here.


Illustrated with a large color reproduction in Kunisada: Imaging Drama and Beauty by Robert Schaap, p. 88.