This portrait depicts Yakko-Ippen in “Koinyoubo Somewake Taduna” of Kawarasaki-za Theater in May of 1794 (Kansei 6). Yakko-Ippei favors of Date no Yoichi. This work is especially called “Akajyuban (Red Undershirt)”. The red color sets off this portrait and a moment of posture appeals us greatly. In this portrait, Omezo’s facial expression is unique; we can image his serious appearance in the scene. Omezo’s facial expression makes us convince that he glares at the opponent and captures the intense moment almost slash the opponent. At he same time, we are amazed the depiction of Omezo’s youth appearance, who matured in 1788 (Kansei 1), with his lips and facial lines and from under the nose to chin.
Omezo Ichikawa was in school of Danjyuro Ichikawa. He won distinction when he was young: people said he was the best actor during Bunka-Bunsei era (1804-1830). In 1823 (Bunsei 6), he was honored of “kou zyozyokichi” in “Jitsuaku”, which was the highest actor’s rank as playing opponent roles. He died in June of 1833 at the age of 53.