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Sojuro Sawamura as Nagoya Sanza and Kikunojo Segawa III as prostitute Katsuragi
This picture depicts the characters in “Keisei Sanbongasa”, performed at the Miyako-za Theater in July 1794 (Kansei 6). Part of the significance of this picture is that it is one of the most cheerful of Sharaku’s portraits: the color tones contrast with the white mica background. The patterns of Sanza’s kimono is gorgeous, with its pattern of lucky symbols, and Katsuragi’s pale crimson kimono is gay. Sharaku brings the whole scene together with the black of Katsuragi’s under-kimono in the center of the screen. The black tone provides some tension and balance in the screen, proving Sharaku’s excellent technique. We can see an overall triangular structure coming from the top left, as well as more, smaller triangles in other parts of the image. Furthermore, the right side of the triangle is divided in to five layers to avoid monotony, but add harmony. This triangular structure is Sharaku’s unique technique, which can be seen the most in this portrait.