Utagawa Kunisada (歌川国貞) / Toyokuni III (三代豊国) (artist 1786 – 01/12/1865)

Central panel of a triptych of the Naritasan Festival (Naritasan kaichō sankei gunshū no zu - 成田山開帳参詣群集図)


9.875 in x 14.25 in (Overall dimensions) color woodblock print

Signed: Toyokuni ga (豊国画)
Publisher: Fujiokaya Keijirō (Marks 063 - seal 21-026)
Censor seal: aratame
Date seal: 1856/2
Edo-Tokyo Museum
Tokyo Metropolitan Library
Waseda University - the same panel
Waseda University - the right panel with the title cartouche
Waseda University - the left panel
Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland - the full triptych

complete triptych in Edo-Tokyo Museum


Illustrated in color on pages 74-75 in Kabuki Theatre Prints by Rosina Buckland, National Museums of Scotland, 2013. On page 28 Buckland wrote: "Naritasan Shinshōji is a large Buddhist temple located in the town of Narita, to the north-east of Tokyo. Founded in 940 to commemorate a military victory, it received increased patronage during the Tokugawa period. Perhaps its most famous patron was the Kabuki actor Ichikawa Danjūrō I, who had a particular devotion to the temple's deity, Fudō Myō-ō (the Immovable Wisdom King). Following him, the temple received support from the Ichikawa Danjūrō lineage and it remains a centre of worship and a popular tourist attraction today."


The actors in this panel represent Ichikawa Kodanji IV, Onoe Kikugorō IV and Bandō Takesaburō I. Buckland in the Scottish catalogue notes the excitement of the other visitors to the festival when they spot famous figures from the stage.
Fujiokaya Keijirō (藤岡屋慶次郎) (publisher)
actor prints (yakusha-e - 役者絵) (genre)
Ichikawa Kodanji IV (四代目市川小団次: spring 1844 to 5/1866) (actor)
Historical - Social - Ephemera (genre)
Bandō Takesaburō I (初代坂東竹三郎) (actor)
Onoe Kikugorō IV (四代目尾上菊五郎) (actor)