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Kuwana: The actor Onoe Kikugoro III as Kuwanaya Tokuzo

Kunisada Tsunoda, Japanese, (1786–1865)
Utagawa Kunisada, Japanese, (1786–1865)

Creation date: 1852
Creation place: Japan

Other Information

Type: Woodblock
Medium and Support: Woodblock
Credit Line: Gift of Loch and Clare Crane
Accession Number: 2006.10
Dimensions: 14 3/16 in. x 9 15/16 in. (36.04 cm x 25.24 cm)


Mr. and Mrs. Loch Crane, La Jolla, California ( - February 20, 2006)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (February 20, 2006 - )

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The station of Kuwana is referenced by a portrait of a Kabuki actor who played the role of a brave and intelligent seaman, whose name Kuwanaya Tokuzo sounds similar to the name of the station. The same actor reprised this role in three different plays based on the old legend about how Kuwanaya Tokuzo used his wits to protect his ship from being capsized by a sea monster, an interlude depicted by Kuniyoshi in the print below.
Last Updated: 2/17/2011


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

High Societies: San Diego Museum of Art , 5/26/2001 - 8/12/2001

Dreams and Diversions: 250 Years of Japanese Prints from the San Diego Museum of San Diego Museum of Art , 11/6/2010 - 6/5/2011

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