Kabuki Playbill (Tsuji banzuke) for Plays at the Kawarazaki Theater: Yo ni Utô Azuma Dairi, Yae Kikyô Uchigusa no Hanaginu

河原崎座辻番付 「世善知鳥東内裡(よにうとうあづまだいり)」、「彩桔梗花帷(やゑきゝやうちぐさのはなぎぬ)」

Edo period
1842 (Tenpô 13), 6th month
Artist Unknown, Japanese, Publisher Ogawa Hansuke (Japanese)


29.3 x 38 cm (11 9/16 x 14 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (sumizuri-e); ink on paper

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



MFA impressions: 11.27925, 11.27926

Tsuji banzuke published to promote the kabuki drama “Yoniutou azuma dairi” at the Kawarazaki Theater (Edo) from the 22nd day of the 6th lunar month of Tenpô 13 (1842). The playbill also advertises the dance drama, “Yae kikyô uchigusa no hana ginu”, which was a gohenka or ‘rapid costume change’ piece performed to Naga-uta and Tokiwazu-style musical accompaniment. Published by Ogawa Hansuke.




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)

[1] 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.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection