Posted by Paul Griffith (22.214.171.124) on June 04, 2015 at 19:04:16:
In Reply to: Character performance III posted by EBG on May 31, 2015 at 16:36:53:
Mitsugoro III is here performing as a Chinese man ('Daidokoro Tojin') as part of a festival ('sairei'). This was one of 12 sections each illustrating one of the 12 months, in the 'hengemono' dance 'Shiki no Nagame Yosete Mitsudai' performed at the Nakamura Theatre in the 3rd month of 1813. The yellow cartouche at the top reads 'Junikagetsu Minazuki' ('the 12 months - the waterless month'). The 'waterless month' was another name for the 6th month.
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