Posted by Paul Griffith (18.104.22.168) on February 01, 2016 at 18:12:25:
In Reply to: Question ukiyo posted by EBG on January 31, 2016 at 15:45:25:
The graffiti on the wall is (on the right, under the umbrella, referring to the publisher) "Ningyo-cho / Joshuya han"; and (in the centre, from the right) "Kono tokoro no ningyo-mi, o-deki, o-atari". "Ningyo-mi" refers to the 'puppet movement' technique usually called 'ningyo-buri' that was performed by the actor playing Osome. It says that this was "well executed; a big hit". The "Ningyo-zukai" ('puppet operator') was Bando Muraemon. The actor above playing the apprentice Hisamatsu is Nakamura Fukusuke II. The play is 'Nure tadoshi yume ni aigasa' performed at the Morita-za in the 5th month of 1862.
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