Nakamura Tōzō III as Iwase Kibunta and Nakamura Utaemon III as Jiraiya on the left in the play <i>Yaemusubi Jiraiya Monogatari</i> [柵自来也談] - 'The story of Jiraiya at the weir'

Ryūsai Shigeharu (柳斎重春) (artist 1802 – 1852)

Nakamura Tōzō III as Iwase Kibunta and Nakamura Utaemon III as Jiraiya on the left in the play Yaemusubi Jiraiya Monogatari [柵自来也談] - 'The story of Jiraiya at the weir'


10.25 in x 14.75 in (Overall dimensions) Japanese color woodblock print

Signed on the left panel:
Ryūsai Shigeharu ga (柳斎重春画)
Honolulu Museum of Art - left panel
Honolulu Museum of Art - right panel
Tokyo Metropolitan Libarary - left panel
Tokyo Metropolitan Library - right panel
Pushkin Museum - left panel only
Hankyu Culture Foundation - right panel
Hankyu Culture Foundation - left panel
Lyon Collection - another copy of the left panel
Musées Royaux d'Art et d'Histoire (via Ritsumeikan University)

Jiraiya can often be identified by his '100 Day' wig or hyakunichi (百日).

A type of wild, bushy wig (鬘) worn by villains meant to indicate a head of hair uncut for at least 100 days. It is also called a daibyaku. There is also a 50 day look in the gojūnichi.

"Long hair stands up bristle-like from the crown. The wig's name is highly conventional as no one's hair could grow this long in 100 days.... The main version, the hyakunichi no tare, includes a long pony tail bound near the bottom with a gold rope...." The "...softness of the top hair also suggests that the character is not well, perhaps due to an excess of fear and anger."

Quote from: New Kabuki Encyclopedia by Samuel L. Leiter, p. 179.


There is another copy of the right-hand panel in the National Gallery, Prague. There is another copy of this triptych illustrated in color in Ukiyo-e Masterpieces in European Collection 5: Victoria and Albert Museum II, Kodansha, 1989, #175.


Illustrated in Ikeda Bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shūsei (Collected Kamigata Actor Prints), vol. 2, Ikeda Bunko Library, Osaka 1998, no. 162.
Nakamura Tōzō III (三代目中村東蔵: 9/1818 to fall 1819 and 1836 to 1840) (actor)
Nakamura Utaemon III 三代目中村歌右衛門 (actor)
Kyōto-Osaka prints (kamigata-e - 上方絵) (genre)
actor prints (yakusha-e - 役者絵) (genre)
Jiraiya (自来也) (role)