Holiday for Kaminari, the Thunder God (Kaminari no Yasumi)
This three-sheet composition illustrates the structure and lively atmosphere of a typical Kabuki theater in the late Edo period. The audience sat on three levels and enjoyed snacks and socializing during the daylong performances. Actors often made dramatic entrances along a walkway like the one seen at the left. The artist Utagawa Toyokuni designed this triptych so the central page could be swapped out to show different productions on the stage; at least two other versions of the center page exist. This version shows the theater’s first performance of the 1793 season, a play called Gozen gakari sumo Soga, which featured the first large-scale onstage sword fight. Choreographed sword sparring, called tachimawari, would become a standard element of Kabuki theater.
Woodblock color print
27 1/4 x 4 13/16 in. (69.2 x 12.2 cm)
27 1/4 x 4 13/16 in. (69.2 x 12.2 cm) (show scale)
Harunobu-ga, lower left
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Suzuki Harunobu (Japanese, 1724-1770). Holiday for Kaminari, the Thunder God (Kaminari no Yasumi), ca. 1768. Woodblock color print, 27 1/4 x 4 13/16 in. (69.2 x 12.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Museum Collection, X1119.4 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 13.80.jpg)
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