[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 <i>Yukihira Sonare no Matsu</i> [行平磯馴松] (<i>Yukihira and windswept pines along the seashore</i>)

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)

Print


03/1857
14.75 in x 9.75 in (Overall dimensions) Japanese woodblock print

Signed: Hironobu (広信)
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

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.

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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..."

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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)