A Festive Procession on the River (Kawatake norikomi no nigiwai): Actors, from right: Kataoka Gadô II and Kataoka Gatô II; Arashi Rikan III and Ichikawa Suminojô I; Mimasu Baisha I and Nakamura Sennosuke

「川竹乗込賑」  「片岡我童」(二代目)、「片岡我当」(二代目)  「嵐璃寛」(三代目)、「市川寿美之丞」(初代)  「三枡梅舎」(初代)、「中村千之助」

Edo period
1862 (Bunkyû 2), 10th month
Artist Nansuitei Yoshiyuki (Japanese, 1835–1879)

Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 116; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 4 (2003), #639; Ikeyama, "Kabuki...," in Ukiyo-e geijuitsu 151 (2006), pp. 38-9, fig. 3


Vertical chûban tetraptych; 24.3 × 69.8 cm (9 9/16 × 27 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink, color and metallic pigment on paper

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



A gala torchlight riverboat procession was held to celebrate the return of Kataoka Gadô II and Kataoka Gatô II from Edo. In the prow of the foreground boat, the two actors bow to their fans, followed by, from right to left, Arashi Rikan III, Ichikawa Suminojô I, Mimasu Baisha I, and Nakamura Sennosuke. The long text at the right lists the participating boats and describes the occasion. Happy fans are dancing on a boat at the far right, and in the distance the banners of the Dôtonbori theaters can be seen beyond the bridge.

The Kamigata actor Nakamura Sennosuke, active between 1825 and 1885, is identified in the Ikeda Bunko catalogue as Sennosuke I; but according to the Kabuki21 website, the name was first used in Edo in 1792.1 to 1799.10. Officially, the name Sennosuke II was awarded to a Tokyo actor during the Meiji era. Furthermore, there may have been more than one Kamigata actor using the name between 1825 and 1885. In view of the confusion, for the time being, no lineage number has been assigned to the Nakamura Sennosuke active in Kamigata.


Yoshiyuki (on sheets 2, 3, and 4)


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)

[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