This picture depicts Otsuyu, a maid of Uonezaburo Matsumoto’s who appears, “Yomono Nishiki Kokyono Tabiji” a kirikyogen (last piece in a kabuki programme) featured by Kiriza Theater in August, 1794 (Kanei 6). The play was a well-known joint suicide kyogen of Chikamatsu style by Chubee Sakuragawa. This role appeared when Chuubee of Shinmachi Izutsuya embezzled the collected deliverer fee. This picture is the best or second excellent work among the small sized works during the second period of his life. A combination of some triangles creates the structure of the object person: that represents Sharaku’s unique three-dimensional beauty. Also, there is no over stroke, Sharaku depicts the three-dimensional structure naturally: these express Sharaku’s arts of width and thickness. Rouge colored kimono and black hem and obi belt harmonize well with yellowish background and maximizes the thickness. A light blue of hanging color of underwear kimono also provides significant tone.
Yonezaburo Matsumoto was born as a son of Ayame Yoshizawa IV, a kabuki actor who played female role. Later he became an apprentice of Koshiro Matsumoto IV and named Yonezaburo Matsumoto. He was popular as young actor playing dfemale role. Along with Tomzaburo Nakayama and Kumezaburo Iwai, he was called “sanpukutsui” (three pieces). Sharaku also illustrated Yonezaburo during the first period of his life.