Kabuki actors woodblock print

Contributed by trevorormandi

Kabuki actors woodblock print

The performance in the picture took place in the four months between March and October 1903. It may possibly have been in August 1903 when Ichimura Kakitsu VI played (as Yosaburo) alongside Nakamura Shikan V (as Otomi) in Yowa Nasaka Ukina no Yokogushi at the Kadoza starring Ichikawa Sadanji I as the stone cutter Midaroku who is really Taira-no Munekiyo in disguise (passed away the following year on the 7 August 1904), Nakamura Shikan V as Kumagai Jir?, Onoe Baiko VI as Sagami Kumagai's lover and maid to one of the Emperor's ladies in waiting and Ichimura Kakitsu VI (later Ichimura Uzaemon XV) as Minamotono Yoshitsune. Marking the passing of one of the great Kabuki actors Ichikawa Sadanji I and was during the early part of the 20th century when Kabuki was undergoing changes as a result of the previous 50 years of Western influence

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