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【Streaming Video】 A guide to the world of Kabuki portrayed in Ukiyo-e

In 2019, in tribute to 250th birthday of Utagawa Toyokuni I (1769-1825) - an Ukiyo-e artist in mid-Edo period - a Special Exhibition: “Utagawa Toyokuni I – Yakusha-e of Utagawa School -in Commemoration of the 250th Anniversary of Toyokuni’s Birth” was held at the Traditional Performing Arts Information Centre.
In the late 18th century, Utagawa Toyokuni I, together with Toshusai Sharaku and others, distinguished himself as a Yakusha-e artist; trained many apprentices, with names such as Kunisada and Kuniyoshi being at the top of the list, and consequently, founded Utagawa School, the largest school of Ukiyo-e. The school was carried on to the Meiji era by Utagawa Kunichika and Tsukioka Yoshitoshi.
This video mainly shows Yakusha-e depicting the eminent actors of the late Edo period to Meiji era - the National Theatre’s acquisitions made by Toyokuni I and his apprentices. Enjoy the essences of Kabuki in the respective period through Ukiyo-e!

【Watch the Video】 (Below is link to YouTube.)
◆Special Exhibition: “Utagawa Toyokuni I – Yakusha-e of Utagawa School -”

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