Onoe Kikugor˘ VI (尾上菊五郎) as
Hayano Kanpei (早野勘平)

Play:  Kanpei Harakiri (勘平腹切), Act VI of
Kanadehon Chűshingura
(假名手本忠臣蔵; 仮名手本忠臣蔵)
Performance Place: Tokyo Gekij˘, Tokyo
Performance Date: 10/28/47
Print Date: ?
Medium: Hand-colored keyblock print (版画源画)
Personal Collection

Note:  This was Kikugor˘ VI's last appearance in
this role in Tokyo.  Kikugor˘ VI died on July 10,
1949, so depending on the publication date of
this print, it is possible that it was intended as a
memorial print.  Like most of Shunsen's hanga-
genga, it was likely made in the late 1950s. 
However, this was a signature role for Kikugor˘
VI, who first performed the role Ichimura-za in
June 1905, and reprised the role in Tokyo on at
least 9 subsequent occasions.  It cannot be ruled
out that the print was made prior to the end of
WWII and/or that it may actually depict some
pre-War performance.  The design is extremely
similar to the print released by Watanabe in 1929.