Artist: Kinoshita Hironobu I (初代木下広信)

Print: [Ichikawa Ebizō V] as Tainohata Kanobei (田井畑此兵衛) and
Nakayama Nanshi II (中山南枝) as the ghost of Matsukaze (松風亡霊) in the play
Yukihira Sonare no Matsu [行平磯馴松]
(Yukihira and windswept pines along the seashore)

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Dates: 1857,created
Dimensions: 14.75 in,9.75 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print

Signed: Hironobu (広信)

Related links: Hankyu Culture Foundation - left panel; Hankyu Culture Foundation - right panel; Japan Arts Council; Museum of Fine Arts - Yoshitaki of Nanshi II in the same role in 1857;

Physical description:

This print commemorates at performance at the Naka Theater in 3/1857. In the title cartouche is the name of Nakayama Nanshi II accompanied by the phrase 'isse ichidai' (一世一代) indicating that this may have been his final performance - of this role, at least. [We would like to thank E. Pieters for assisting us in assembling this information.]

Illustrated in Ikeda Bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shūsei (Collected Kamigata Actor Prints), vol. 3, Ikeda Bunko Library, Osaka 2001, no. 380.


Osaka Prints wrote: "Yukihira sonarematsu (Yukihira and windswept pines along the seashore: 行平磯馴松) was derived from the legend of Matsukaze, a fourteenth-century Nô play. Matsukaze (松風) and Murasame (村雨), sisters making a living as shiokumi (salt gatherers: 潮汲み or 汐汲み) in Suma (須磨), fall in love with the exiled Heian-period courtier and poet Ariwara no Yukihira (在原行平). After Yukihira is allowed to leave the island, Matsukaze (her name means "Wind in the Pines") goes mad with grief..."