The Actor Nakamura Tokizo V as the Mistress Otomi Artist: Tsuruya Kōkei (Japanese, born 1946)

May 1990

Asian Art

In this print, Tsuruya Kōkei depicts Otomi, played by the actor Nakamura Tokizō V, shown here with his distinctive long nose. The play tells the story of Otomi, a married woman, falling in love with Yosaburō. Otomi’s husband finds out about the affair, and in a rage he almost kills Yosaburō, who ends up with heavy cuts on his face and body, and Otomi throws herself to the ocean. Otomi is rescued and taken care of by a man, who later reveals himself to be her brother. Yosaburō, who survived and lived as a gangster, finds Otomi, but mistakes her to have become a mistress of another man. The play ends happily with the two lovers reunited. Otomi is depicted in this print putting on makeup, and the sparkling effect of mica enriches the scene.


Modern ukiyo-e: polychrome woodblock print on Ganpi Tori-no-ko paper from Fukui prefecture; purple mica ground


image: 15 1/4 × 9 3/4 in. (38.7 × 24.8 cm)

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Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Libertson

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Heisei era (1989–2019)


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Herbert Libertson and Roni Neuer (Ronin Gallery), New York; gift in 2010 to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.
  • "Tsuruya Koukei Official Website," (accessed September 18, 2012),
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color woodcuts

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