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The Kabuki Actor Ichikawa Omezo I

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The Kabuki Actor Ichikawa Omezo I in the drama Shibaraku, by Utagawa Toyokuni I (1769-1825). Print. Japan, 1810. This is most likely a depiction from a production at the Morita-za Theatre in November 1910. In the Meiji period of 1868-1912, the script of the play Shibaraku (Wait!) became fixed and the name of the main character was designated as Kamakura no Gongoro Kamemasa. Originally, the plot and the characters were created anew each time it was performed. Virtuous men and women, about to be cut down by an evil lord and his servants are saved by a man with superhuman strength. When this hero appears on stage, he utters the words 'Wait! Wait!' which at first was the only part of the play which was fixed.
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Utagawa Toyokuni I

Utagawa Toyokuni I, the son of a puppet maker, was born in 1769. As a student of Toyoharu, he studied printmaking, concentrating on bijin-ga: traditional images of beautiful women. Toyokuni’s success came when he started producing prints of actor portraits and actor scenes.