Yamamura Kōka, ‘Flowers of the Theatrical World: Actor Ichikawa Ennosuke II as Hayami no Tota’, ca. 1921, Scholten Japanese Art

with silver mica ground, signed Toyonari ga, with circular date seal, Tai ju (Taisho 10 [1921]), self-published with the support of the Yamamura Koka Hanga Kankokai (Publication Society of Yamamura Koka's prints),ca. 1921

dai oban tate-e 16 5/8 by 11 1/4 in., 42.2 by 28.5 cm

The actor Ichikawa Ennosuke II (Ichikawa En'o I, 1888-1963) is in the role of Hayami Tota from the play Yoshitsune Sembon Zakura (Yoshitsune and the Thousand Cherry Trees). The play is set in 1185, following the decisive battle of Dannoura between the Minamoto and Taira clans in which the general Taira no Yoshitsune engineered total victory for his family. Soon after the victory, however, Yoshitsune finds himself in a rivalry with his brother, Yoritomo. Hayami Tota is a follower of Yoritomo's whose attempt to capture Yoshitsune's mistress was foiled by Yoshitsune's faithful retainer, Sato Tadanobu.

Image rights: Scholten Japanese Art

Publisher: Self-published with the support of the Yamamura Koka Hanga Kankokai

Arendie and Henk Herwig, Heroes of the Kabuki Stage, 2004, pp. 166-177
Andreas Marks, Seven Masters: 20th Century Japanese Woodblock Prints from the Wells Collection, Minneapolis Institute of Art, 2015, p. 209 (series title and date)

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