Utagawa Toyokuni, Iwai Hanshirō as Sukeroku (detail), 1816
No, I’m not a fan of Kabuki theater. I’m a Kabuki actor who is so popular, my image is on a fan. You can tell me by the iris crest on my sleeve, my expressive eyes, and my gender-bending talent. My purple headband is meant to make me look sick—or vigorous. Which one do you think?
Stop by the MIA the week of December 18 to pick up your Kabuki Fan trading card. Collect a free new card each week of the “Edo Pop: The Graphic Impact of Japanese Prints” exhibition. Or buy the complete set at the Museum Shop.
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