Chobokure Street Musicians in Columbine Flowers of the Pleasure Quarters (Kuruwa no odamaki), from the series Entertainments of the Niwaka Festival in the Yoshiwara in Full Swing (Seirô Niwaka zensei asobi)
「青楼仁和嘉全盛遊 ちょぼくれ 廓苧環（くるハのおだまき）」
Vertical ôban; 35.2 x 23.5 cm (13 7/8 x 9 1/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Names of the players: Kiku, Maru, Eda, Ima, Tami, Chô, Kiyo, Kume
Chobokure, also called chongare, was a form of street performance that used rhythm instruments such as sistrums (shakujo) with fast patter songs or recitations.
Censor's seal: kiwame
By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911)
 Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.
William Sturgis Bigelow Collection