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Arashi Rikan II (嵐璃寛) as Miyamoto Tomijirō (宮本友治郎), later
(nochi ni - のちに) Musashi from the play Katakiuchi nitō eiyūki

Identifier: import-1830 Hokumyo

The katakiuchi (敵討) of the title of the play represented by this print, means that it is a revenge play, a sub-genre of the kabuki theater. Like most kabuki plays we do not have the story-line any longer, but at least we know the underlying theme.

There is another copy of this print in the collection of Drexel University, Philadelphia.

Many foreign websites note the samurai nature of the figure in this print because of the two swords.

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