Re: Mysterious Kunisada actor

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Posted by Hans Olof Johansson on January 20, 1998 at 19:50:13:

In Reply to: Mysterious Kunisada actor posted by Felix Bridgen on January 20, 1998 at 12:16:36:

The name on the hanging scroll is probably Jiraiya. I believe that this is the name of a legendary hero, who is also the protagonist of a kabuki play, Jiraiya g˘ketsu monogatari:


: I have recently bought a beautiful single sheet oban-sized
: Kunisada print depicting a Kabuki actor. I have managed to figure out
: the censor seal (Kinugasa Fusajiro) and signature but
: am having trouble deciphering the name of the actor or
: the historical character he represents.The actor is
: represented holding a black wood/lacquer box and behind him a hanging scroll
: has the following characters: 1. the less-usual character for child
: (JI/NI;ko) which looks like a bit like miru (to see)but
: with the kanji meaning sun (as in nihon) rather than eye (me)on top of the 'legs' radical.
: 2. the kanji meaning thunder (RAI/kaminari) and
: 3. the classical copula YA/nari/ya which looks like like
: the right part of pond (ike) and is used in names like
: Tatsuya and Yasushi. I'm sorry I can't explain more easily
: but I'm not very good at Japanese! This combination of kanji
: is repeated on another part of the print.I would really love
: to know whose name or what significance this has.
: Thanks so much for your help.

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