Artist: Saikōtei Shibakuni (西光亭芝国)

Print: Just arrived from Edo (江戸登り), Arashi Kitsusaburō II (嵐橘三郎), formerly named Arashi Tokusaburō (嵐徳三郎改名) - Edo nobori Arashi Tokusaburō gaimei Arashi Kitsusaburō

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Dates: 1822,created
Dimensions: 10.5 in,14.75 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese color woodblock print

Signed: Saikōtei Shibakuni ga
(西光亭芝國 画)
Publisher: Ariwaradō Chūbei (Mark 015 - seal 04-019)

Related links: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Waseda University;

Physical description:

"The legend at the top states that the portrait is of the Edo actor Arashi Tokusaburō, now Arashi Kitsusaburō. The verses that follow are signed 'Rikan,' the literary name his predecessor had used. The name change and the name of the publisher with red seal appear on the script-scroll boxes at right. The orange-blossom motif, symbol of the actor, is worked into the lacquered gallery beneath the hanging make-up brushes and his pipe. Shibakuni designed a similar portrait of Kitsusaburō."

The example shown by Dean Schwaab in his Osaka Prints on page 95 has a blue ground and no publisher's seal.


We are viewing the actor's image in his dressing room mirror.


Listed in Bosuton bijutsukan shozō Kamigata-e mokuroku, Kitagawa, Kansai daigaku, 2007, p. 92.