8. Ryokyoku "Nakahama Yasubei" : Imamura, Hawai
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October 3, 1942
Gift of June Hoshida Honma, Sandra Hoshida and Carole Hoshida Kanada
7 drawings on paper, laminated (1 sheet) : ink ; 9 x 6.5 in.
Ink drawings of seven men performing or working at a talent show on October 3, 1942, described in Japanese inscriptions.
Top left portrait of a man, Imamura of Hawaii, dressed in dark clothing standing at a low podium chanting "Nakayama Yasubei", the forty-eight ronin story ; his open hands rest on the podium.
Top right portrait of a man, Togawa, dressed in a dark vest standing behind a low podium with his hands on his hips while performing.
Second row left portrait of a man, Mitsunaga of Utah, wearing a haori and standing behind a low podium as he tells the story "Itoko".
Second row right portrait of a man, Yoneoka of Honolulu, dressed in garb of the Makunagari, the person in charge of the curtain. His hand is in front of his face as he pulls the curtain with a design of a laughing face.
Third row left portrait of a man, Tani, in traditional Japanese kimono seated on the floor with his hands on ground in front of knees as he tells the story of the Meiji Restoration loyalists.
Third row right portrait of a man, Sakamoto, in a suit jacket standing behind a low podium presenting a comic story "Yubei Shinagawa de mame wo Kuwashita."
Bottom left portrait of a man, Okada of Honolulu, dressed in a dark kimono chanting "Nogi Shogun Takako" ; his proper right hand is slightly raised.
Written in black ink, top right corner: 10-3-42. Written in black ink on top left image within black border, right: 8 "Nakahama Yasubei" / Ryokyoku Imamura / Hawai. Written in black ink on top right image withing black border: 9 [unreadable] Togawa. Written in black ink on second row left image: 10 Kodan "Itoko" Matsunaga / Utah. Written in black ink on second row right image: Makunagari Sueoka / Honolulu. Written in black ink on third row left image: 11 "Takeyama Hikokuro" / Tani. Written in black ink on third row right image: 12 Rakugo Sakamoto / "Yubei Shinagawa de mame wo / kuwashita". Written in black ink on bottom row: Ryokyoku Okada / Honolulu / "Nogi Shogun Takako". Written in pencil, bottom left corner: 10.
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