UMEKUNI Nakamura Tsurusuke I as Fujiya Izaemon

(active ca. 1816 - 1826)

Nakamura Tsurusuke I as Fujiya Izaemon

Play: Naniwa bunsho yugiri tsuka
Signature: umekuni ga
Publisher: Honsei (Honya Seishichi) and Kichi
Date: 8-11/1823

Original Japanese Woodblock Print, Size: Oban (36,5 x 26,5 cm)

Inventory No. F366
All artworks are sold as seen on the picture.

380,00 €

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.