Monday, May 13, 2019

10. KABUKI BOOK COVERS: NAKAMURA TOKIZŌ




This is a photographic tribute volume, edited by Rikura Kōichi, and published in 1961, devoted to the life and career of Nakamura Tokizō III (1895-1959), one of the great onnagata and -nimaime actors of the mid-20th century. Almost every photo—both in performance and from his private life, is in b/w format, and the essays are both biographical and celebratory. A career chronology is provided, as usual.
Cover box for Nakamura Tokizō.

Cover for Nakamura Tokizō.


Publication page for Nakamura Tokizō.
Table of contents page.
Nakamura Tokizō III in his dressing room.
Nakamura Tokizō III (r.) in a dressing room with Nakamura Kichiemon I and Nakamura  Kanzaburō XVII.

Nakamura Tokizō III as Chiyo and Onoe Kikugorō VI as Matsuō in Terakoya.
Matsumoto Hakuō I (Matsumoto Kōshirō  VIII) as Yuranosuke and Nakamura Tokizō III as Enya Hangan in Chūshingura.
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Nakamura Tokizō III as Tonase and Tokizō IV as Konami in Chūshingura
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Sunday, May 5, 2019

ENGEKIKAI (#5) May 2019: Cover and Contents


Kabuki Woogie is devoted to a variety of kabuki-related subjects. It began with a series of essays, including photos and videos, of a research trip to Japan in 2010, subsequently added my 25-chapter history of the first Kabuki-za, and then began a series on Japanese books about kabuki from my collection. It also posts the monthly covers of Engekikai, the kabuki magazine of record. It will soon add occasional essays by guest contributors based on papers they delivered at conferences and symposiums. One can poke around in its archives to find all of these past posts.

The cover for ENGEKIKAI, the kabuki magazine of record, for May (#5) 2019, shows Kataoka Nizaemon XV as Sasaki Kisaburō Moritsuna in the “Moritsuna Jinya” scene of Ōmi Genji Senjin Yakata, as performed at the Kabuki-za in March 2019. The issue’s main article headlined on the cover is “Heisei Kabuki, Part 1,” the first half of an overview of kabuki during the recently ended Heisei period (1989-2019). Another headline notes an interview with Ichikawa Ennosuke IV, reviews of kabuki at various theatres, including at the art museum housing a reproduction of the Sistine Chapel, and the latest in the “Kōshirō’s Thousand and One Nights” series. Although not mentioned on the cover, the issue's other contents include an obituary for the late Donald Keene.


Kataoka Nizaemon XV as Moritsuna in "Moritsuna Jinya." Photo: Sasayama Kishin.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

9. KABUKI BOOK COVERS: ICHIKAWA ENNOSUKE



Kabuki Woogie is devoted to a variety of kabuki-related subjects. It began with a series of essays, including photos and videos, of a research trip to Japan in 2010, subsequently added my 25-chapter history of the first Kabuki-za, and then began a series on Japanese books about kabuki from my collection. It will soon add occasional essays by guest contributors based on papers they delivered at conferences and symposiums. One can poke around in its archives to find all of these past posts.

Entry #9 in Kabuki Woogie’s coverage of Japanese books on kabuki from my private collection is this photographic tribute volume to Ichikawa Ennosuke III (now called En’o II), perhaps the most innovative, versatile kabuki actor of his time. It was published during his heyday, in 1980, many years before he suffered a stroke that removed him from the stage for an extended period.

The first book in this series was also devoted to Ennosuke III.

The book contains many photos of Ennosuke on stage and in private, with articles and a detailed chronology of his career to the time of the publication.

If you have questions, please contact me via the comments section or email.

Book cover of Ichikawa Ennosuke. Ennosuke as Abe no Sadatō in Ōshū Adachigahara.
Rear cover. Ennosuke as Masaoka in Haji Momiji Ase no Kaomise.

Table of contents.

Table of contents. 

Publication page.

Ennosuke as Benkei in Kanjinchō.

Ennosuke as Sakon the kyōgen actor in Yakko Dōjōji.

Ennosuke performing a trick technique in Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura.

Ennosuke as Nikki Danjō in Haji Momiji Ase no Kaomise.

Ennosuke in Higaki.



Tuesday, April 16, 2019

8. KABUKI BOOK COVERS: HATSUDAI MATSUMOTO HAKUŌ NO SEKAI (The World of Matsumoto Hakuō)


Kabuki Woogie is devoted to a variety of kabuki-related subjects. It began with a series of essays, including photos and videos, of a research trip to Japan in 2010, subsequently added my 25-chapter history of the first Kabuki-za, and then began a series on Japanese books about kabuki from my collection. It will soon add occasional essays by guest contributors based on papers they delivered at conferences and symposiums. One can poke around in its archives to find all of these past posts.

Entry #8 in Kabuki Woogie’s coverage of Japanese books on kabuki from my private collection is Hatsudai Matsumoto Hakuō no Sekai, a memorial volume (boxed) devoted to the late Matsumoto Hakuō I (1910-1982), known for the greater part of his outstanding career as Matsumoto Kōshirō VIII. The name Kōshirō was ranked as the highest in its family line for many years but Kōshirō created another name for himself so his son, Ichikawa Somegorō VI, could become Kōshirō IX in 1981. Kōshirō IX did the same thing in 2018, when he took the name Matsumoto Hakuō and his son, Somegorō VII, became Hakuō II.

The book contains photos of Hakuō in performance, articles about him, and a substantial number of his watercolors. There is also a detailed chronology of his entire career.

If you have questions, please contact me via the comments section or by email.


Boxed cover of Hatsudai Matsumoto Hakuō no Sekai.

Table of contents.

Table of contents.

Table of contents.

Publication page.

Matsumoto Hakuō as Benkei in Kanjinchō.


Matsumoto Hakuō as Sekibei, in actuality Ōtomo no Kuronushi, in Seki no To.

Matsumoto Hakuō as Matsuomaru in Terakoya.

Matsumoto Hakuō as Othello.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

7, KABUKI BOOK COVERS: KABUKI IROHA EZŌSHI (Alphabetical Picture Book of Kabuki), by Yoshida Chiaki


The seventh entry in Kabuki Woogie’s coverage of Japanese books on kabuki from my private collection is this predominantly photographic overview, from 1991, much like the one I recently posted, but with its contents organized according the Japanese i-ro-ha alphabet, as shown in the table of contents, which begins with i for iro, ro for roppō, and ha for hanamichi. The end matter contains a brief kabuki dictionary and summaries of major plays.

Cover of KABUKI IROHA EZŌSHI, showing Sukeroku starring Nakamura Shikan VII (left) and Nakamura Utaemon VI.

Rear cover, showing, upper l., Nakamura Hashinosuke and Nakamura Kotarō V in Meoto Dōjōji; upper r., Onoe Kikugorō  VII as Benten Kozō in Benten Kozō  and, below, Ichikawa  Danjūrō XII as Takenuki Gorō in Oshimodoshi 

Publication page.
Page from table of contents.

The toitagaeshi technique in Yotsuya Kaidan, with Nakamura Utaemon VI as Oiwa and Ichikawa Danjūrō XII as Iemon.

Continuation of toitagaeshi explanation.
Nakamura Kichiemon II as Gorō in Yanone under the U heading for Ugokidasu Gogatsu Ningyō (Boys' Festival Doll Comes to Life).


Page from plot summary section.









Monday, March 25, 2019

6. KABUKI BOOK COVERS: KABUKI; DENTŌ NO BI (Kabuki: The Beauty of Tradition), edited by Kawatake Toshio


6. KABUKI BOOK COVERS: KABUKI; DENTŌ NO BI (Kabuki: The Beauty of Tradition), edited by Kawatake Toshio

The sixth entry in Kabuki Woogie’s coverage of Japanese books on kabuki from my private collection is this very well-illustrated overview (n.d.; ca. 1985) edited by the late, prolific scholar, Kawatake Toshio. I’ve provided the Japanese table of contents but the contents are standard for such books, which are legion. The chapters, each by someone else, include “The Beauty of Form,” “Actors and Role Types,” “Playwrights and Plays,” “Production and Techniques,” “The Hanamichi and Other Stage Devices,” descriptions of a couple of plays, and so on. The cover is of the late Ichikawa Danjūrō XII.

I’ll be happy to answer any questions about the book you may have.

Ichikawa Danjūrō XII as Kumedera Danjō in Kenuki.

Rear cover. Bandō Tamasaburō V as the Wisteria Maiden in Fuji Musume.


Table of contents (1)

Table of Contents (2).

Ichikawa Ennosuke III (now En'o II) as Tomomori in Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura.

Top: Gandogaeshi scene change technique in Benten Kozō. Lower left: tech rehearsal to check that all scenic devices are working. Lower right. actors' run through without costumes.

Kumadori (painted face makeup).


Sunday, March 24, 2019

5. KABUKI BOOK COVERS: ONOE KIKUGORŌ (Vol. 6 in GENDAI WAKATE KABUKI HAIYŪ SHŪ)


The fifth entry in Kabuki Woogie’s coverage of Japanese books on kabuki from my private collection is volume 6 of the Gendai Wakate Kabuki Haiyú Shū collection. The title is ONOE KIKUGORŌ, and the subject is Kikugorō VII, son of Onoe Baikō VII. He, too, is a major leader of today’s kabuki. The book’s editor is Hagiwara Yukio.

Like the others in this series, the book is part photo album and part overview of the actor’s career to the year of publication, 1973.

Onoe Kikugorō VII as the lion in Kagami Jishi.

Publication page.

Onoe Kikugorō VII as Kasane in Iromoyo Chotto Karimame.

Onoe Kikugorō VII as Kanpei in Act VI of Kanadehon Chūshingura.