Kinoshita Hironobu I (初代木下広信) (artist )
[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)
14.75 in x 9.75 in (Overall dimensions) Japanese woodblock print
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..."
The play Yukihira Sonare no Matsu was originally composed for the puppet theater by Matsuda Wakichi (松田和吉) and others. According to Samuel L. Leiter Matsuda Bunkōdō [possibly the same person as Matsuda Wakichi] was the "Bunraku playwright of the Takemoto-za whose first pen name was Matsuda Wakichi."
Note: Matsuda Bunkōdō, a playwright who some believe to be the true heir to Chikamatsu, may not be Matsuda Wakichi. However, the latter may have been in the same clan line of a later generation.
actor prints (yakusha-e - 役者絵) (genre)
Kyōto-Osaka prints (kamigata-e - 上方絵) (genre)
Yūrei-zu (幽霊図 - ghosts demons monsters and spirits) (genre)
Nakayama Nanshi II (二代目中山南枝) (actor)
Ichikawa Ebizō V (五代目市川海老蔵: 11/1797 to 10/1800 and 3/1832 to 3/1859) (actor)
Kabuki (歌舞伎) theater terms (genre)