This portrait depicts Yadorigi, a wife of Ogishi Kurando who appears at “HanaAyama Bunraku Soga” played by Miyako-za Theater in May of 1794 (Kansei 6). The kimono he wears is obviously gaily: outer kimono is crimson red, inner is red, and white scattering chrysanthemums in black. On the contrary, Tomisaburo’s face is long, eyes are small, and square chin: we could not say he is beautiful. His kimono and facial expression are unbalanced. However, we do not think the entire this portrait loses the proportion. Sharaku does not think the portrait of women does not have to be illustrated beautifully. His intention is to capture the performance and quality of the arts of the actors on the stage. We can feel the great impression out of there.
Tomisaburo Segawa II was an apprentice of Kikunojuo Segawa II. He succeeded Tomisaburo in 1784 (Tenmei 4). Throughout his life, people said Tomisaburo II mimicked Kikunojo; however, his performance was great. From the way he acted, he was called “Niku Tomi” or “Iya Tomi”. He died in March of 1804 (Bunka 1).