Snow (Yuki): Actors Nakamura Sennosuke as Ben no Naishi, Arashi Yoshisaburô as Kusunoki Masatsura (R), and Arashi Rikaku II as Fox Matagorô (Matagorô-gitsune), in Tobakari Hana no Yoshinoyama, from the series Snow, Moon, and Flowers (Setsugekka no uchi)

「同計略花の芳野山」 「弁ノ内侍 中村千之助」、「楠正行 嵐芳三郎」  「叉五郎狐 嵐璃珏」(二代目)

Edo period
1860 (Ansei 7/Man'en 1), 11th month
Artist Ichiyôtei Yoshitaki (Japanese, 1841–1899)

Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 113


Vertical chûban diptych; 24.1 x 36 cm (9 1/2 x 14 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



Play: Tobakari Hana no Yoshinoyama
Theater: Chikugo

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.
The lineage of actors named Arashi Yosahisaburô is also very confused and it is not clear which of them was using the name at this time, so no lineage number has been assigned.


Yoshitaki (on right sheet), Yoshitaki ga (on left sheet)
芳瀧 芳瀧画


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