Ritsuko in the role of Kiyoko


Japanese Color Woodblock Print

 Ritsuko in the role of Kiyoko

by Yamamura Toyonari, 1915

The Heroine Koman in Tanba Yosaku from Woodblock Print Supplements to the Complete Works of Chikamatsu

IHL Cat. #2162

About This Print

This print is one twelve small format prints created by Toyonari for the short-lived 1915 magazine Shin Nigao whose purpose was to advertise the Kabuki theater and renew interest in actor prints. This print, which appeared in the first issue of the magazine published in June 1915 pictures the actress Ritsuko Mori playing the role of Kiyoko in an unknown play at the The Imperial Theatre (帝国劇場, Teikoku Gekijō) in May 1915.

For more information on this short-lived magazine whose purpose was to advertise the Kabuki theater and renew interest in actor prints, see the article Shin Nigao Magazine.

The Actress Ritsuko Mori (1890 - 1961)
 Source: The Woman and the Leaven in Japan, Charlotte B DeForest, The Central Committee on the United Study of Foreign Missions, 1923, p. 143-144 

"Perhaps the most popular living actress in Japan is Miss Ritsuko Mori, the first prominent example of an educated woman going on the stage. She was born in 1890, and after graduating from the Atomi Girls' School and then from the first class of the Actresses' Training School attached to the Imperial Theater in Tokyo, she further enlarged her horizon by going abroad in 1912 and studying the drama of the West. She is now one of the managing actresses of the Imperial Theater."

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #2161
 Title Ritsuko [Mori in the role of] Kiyoko 
 律子 (清子) (transcribed from the table of contents of issue 1)
 Series Magazine: Shin Nigao (New Portraits) volume 1 新似顔 第一年
 Yamamura Toyonari (1885-1942)
unread signature 空州? (kūshū?)
山村耕花 氏 - Mr. Yamamura Kōka as printed in table of contents for volume 1

 Seal none
 Date June 1915
 Edition First and only edition printed in magazine Shin Nigao
 Publisher Nigaodō 似顔洞
 Carver Igami Bonkotsu (1875-1933)
 Printer Nakamura Sanjirō 中村三次郎
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition good - light overall toning; removed from original mounting sheet; multiple pinholes repaired from back; left margin with some loss and discoloration and original binding holes
 Genre shin hanga (new prints); nigao-e
 Format koban
 H x W Paper 7 1/4 x 4 13/16 in. (18.4 x 12.2 cm) 
 H x W Image 6 9/16 x 4 3/8 in. (16.2 x 10.5 cm)
 Collections This Print The British Museum 1991,1112,0.193.1 (entire magazine, only front cover shown); Art Research Center Ritsumeikan University BM-SJ193-01 (British Museum's copy of entire magazine with all pages shown)
 Reference Literature 
last update:
10/18/2019 created