Artist: Shunbaisai Hokuei (春梅斎北英)

Print: Arashi Rikan II (嵐璃寛) as Inuzuka Shino (犬塚信乃) on the right and Seki Sanjūrō II (關三十郎) as Inuzuka Bansaku (犬塚伴作) from the play Hana no ani tsubomi no yatsufusa (花魁莟八総 - '8 Buds of the Plum Blossoms')

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Dates: 1836,created
Dimensions: 20.5 in,15.0 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese color woodblock print

Signed: Shunbaisai Hokuei ga
Publisher: Tenmaya Kihei
(Marks 536 - seal 21-193)

Related links: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Hankyu Culture Foundation - right panel; Hankyu Culture Foundation - left panel; Lyon Collection - an 1852 Kuniyoshi print with Inuzuka Shino in it;Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - an 1857 diptych by Kunikazu of this same scene - the figure of Inuzuka Shino is wearing a close variation of the same costume; Lyon Collection - another Hokuei print illustrating a scene from this same play;

Physical description:

The play represented in this print was first performed in 1836. Written by Nishizawa Ippō (西沢一鳳: 1802-52) it was based on the earlier work of Takizawa Bakin (1767-1848) and his Nansō Satomi hakkenden or 'Satomi and the Eight Dogs' published between 1814-42.

The inu of the name of this character, Inuzuka, means 'dog'.


Illustrated in Ikeda Bunko, Kamigata Yakusha-e Shusei, (Collected Kamigata Actor Prints) volume 2, Ikeda Bunko Library, Osaka, 1998, no. 377.


The figure of Arashi Rikan II is wearing a robe decorated with the 'tachibana' (橘) or mandarin orange crest of his family.