Wadaemon Nakajima as Boudara Chozaemon and Korezo Nakamura as Funayado Kanagawa-ya no Gon
This portrait depicts Yakko-Ippei in “Koinyoubo Somewake Taduna”, at the Kawarasaki-za Theater in May of 1794 (Kansei 6). The character of Yakko-Ippei did a favor for Date no Yoichi. This work is also known as “akajuban (Red Undershirt)”. The red color sets off this portrait and the posture appeals to us greatly. In this portrait, Omezo’s facial expression is unique; we can image his seriousness in the scene. Omezo’s facial expression convinces us that he is glaring at his opponent, and captures the intense moment just before he almost slashes this opponent. At the same time, we are amazed the depiction of Omezo’s youthful appearance, who matured in 1788 (Kansei 1), with his lips and facial lines from under the nose to the chin.
Omezo Ichikawa was in the school of Danjuro Ichikawa. He won a distinction when he was young: people said he was the best actor during the Bunka-Bunsei era (1804-1830). In 1823 (Bunsei 6), he was honored with the title of “kou jojokichi (top-ranking kabuki actor)” as the “jitsuaku (villain)”. He died in June 1833 at the age of 53.