The Popular Children's Word Game of Continuous Phrases (Ryûkô shiritori kodomo monku): Actors Ichimura Kakitsu IV (R), Sawamura Tanosuke III (C), and Nakamura Shikan IV (L)
「流行しりとり子どももんく」四代目市村家橘 三代目沢村田之助 四代目中村芝翫
Waseda db 007-0507 (R), 007-0509 (L)
Vertical ôban triptych; 36.2 × 72.5 cm (14 1/4 × 28 9/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
“Shiritori” is a word game that involves taking the last syllable of the previous word as the first syllable of the next word in the series.
Kunichika hitsu (on each sheet)
Censor's seal: Hare 1 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Katada Hori Chô
By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850–d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 19, 2005)
 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