Artist: Ishikawa Toyonobu
Title: The Actors Sanogawa Ichimatsu I as Soga no Gorö Disguised as Dyer Karigane Bunshichi and Onoe Kikugoro I as Cake Seller An no Heiemon
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The Soga legend is based on a real Japanese historical event that occurred in 1193. A story of two brothers named Jürö and Gorö, the main plot is that of a vendetta. Like the Chüshingura tale depicted on other prints in this gallery, the story’s themes of honor, loyalty, and revenge made this legend a rich resource for Kabuki plays. (from Daring Moves Exhibition, 8/1/06-)