Nakamura Tsurusuke I as Fujiya Izaemon
Signature: umekuni ga
Publisher: Honsei (Honya Seishichi) and Kichi
Original Japanese Woodblock Print, Size: Oban (36,5 x 26,5 cm)
Naniwa bunsho yugiri tsuka (Yugiri and the Osaka love letter) was one of many Yugiri-mono (plays about Yügiri). It premiered in 1751 as a sewamono (lit., "everyday piece or domestic drama) adapted from Chikamatsu Monzaemon's (1653-1725) puppet play Yugiri Awa no Naruto (Yugiri and the whirlpools of Awa) of 1712, the first of the so-called Awa no Naruto mono (plays about Awa no Naruto). These dramas were all inspired by the death of Yugiri ( 1654 - 1678), a celebrated pleasure woman of the Ogiya in Shinmachi, Osaka. Fujiya Izaemon was her wealthy young lover. Chikamatsu first dramatized their tale in his Yugiri nagori no shogatsu (Farewell to Yugiri at the New Year) in 1678, a month after her actual death.