Important Theatre Illustration Japanese Web Sites

On this page we offer some online resources, outside of JPARC, for scholarly information on theatre illustrations from the Japanese performing arts. JPARC offers good resources through its browse lists of GloPAD records--for searching on materials related to a given piece or performer. The sites offered below are well-established databases set up by important research centers in Japan. We offer here simple introductions, in English, to these sites and how to use them.

* For details of copyright and content on any given site, please inquire at the website given for that page.


Noh:

ARC ukiyo-e database(ARC浮世絵データベース構築システム) By Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University
   Includes woodblock prints of Noh. 

You can search them in several ways here (Japanese only).  Forward match search but add 「*」 at the end of the words if you want to see the results to include only certain words. 

Example:
Enter "能(Noh)" in "分類 (classification)" box and click on the "検索(search)" button to see all the prints of Noh.  Also you can search by "絵師 (artists)" or "画題等(titles)."  You will find more explanation on how to search if you click on any underlined filed titles on the screen.

Bunka Digital Library(文化デジタルライブラリー) By Japan Arts Council
  
Includes records for performances at the National Theatre stages. Also has some visual materials, such as woodblock prints of noh play scenes, from the National Theatre Library.

How to use:
Use the pull-down menu located in the upper left of the page or click on the section title to see the each page. (This site does not have individual URL addresses for each record, so one must go through the search process each time to get to information about a given performance or a given media item.)

Example:
Point the cursor over "公演記録" (performance records) on the screen to display genres such as Kabuki and Bunraku on the left side. Then click on "能・狂言" (Noh/Kyōgen) to go to the section with records of performances of those genre. There you can search by different categories such as "公演シリーズ・年月" (performance series/date), "曲名" (titles) and "人名" (person names). You will find more detailed explanation on how to search under the "利用案内 (usage guide)."

You will find "能・狂言" (Noh/Kyōgen) also in the "能楽資料" (noh theatre materials) section under the "収蔵資料" (archive materials) heading and in the "能楽編" (the noh theatre) section of the "舞台芸術教材1" (performing arts learning resources 1).

 


 
Kabuki:

Chintei Bunko Kabuki Jōruri Banzuke system(椿亭文庫歌舞伎・浄瑠璃番附検索システム) By Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University
   Includes program booklets called banzuke such as Kaomise, Tsuji, Yakuwari and Ehon in Edo and Kamigata.  Also has some play script of famous lines.

You can search them in several ways here.  Forward match search but add 「*」 at the end of the words if you want to see the results to include only certain words. 

You can search by;

"外題よみ" peice title in hiragana

"外題漢字" peice title in Kanji

"和暦年"  the year of Japanese calendar

"月日" the date of Japanese calendar

"地域" the region from the pull-down menu

"劇場" theatre name

"座本・名代等" zamoto, nadai etc.

"種別" types of banzuke

"所蔵" repository

"資料番号" ID number

ARC ukiyo-e database(ARC浮世絵データベース構築システム) By Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University
   Includes woodblock prints of kabuki in Edo and Meiji. Also has some prints of Noh (see Noh).

Example:
Choose "文政(Bunsei)" from the pull-down menu of  "和暦 (Japanese calendar)" and click on the "検索(search)" button to see all the prints made in Bunsei period.  Also you can search by using the pull-down menus of "絵師 (artists)" or " 劇場(theatres)" or "地域(regions)."  You will find more explanation on how to search if you click on any underlined filed titles on the screen.

Waseda Empaku Ehon Banzuke database(絵本番付) By The Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum, Waseda University
   Includes Ehon Banzuke in Edo.

How to use:
Enter any search words in Japanese in the "全項目 (all the items)" box and click on the "検索 (search)" button or enter a piece title in the "名題 (piece titles)" box and click on the "検索 (search)" button. Click on the image you like to see the detailed information.  Also you can search by "西暦 (western calendar)," "和暦 (Japanese calendar)," "月日 (date)" and "座 (theatre)" etc.

Example:
Enter "曽我 (Soga)" in the "全項目 (all the items)" box to see all the Ehon banzuke related to Soga.

Bunka Digital Library(文化デジタルライブラリー)By Japan Arts Council

How to use:
Use the pull-down menu located in the upper left of the page or click on the character to see the each page.

Example:
Point the cursor over "公演記録 (performance records)" on the screen to display some genrus such as Noh/Kyōgen and Bunraku on the left side. Then click on "Kabuki (歌舞伎)" to go to the relevant page where you can search in the different category like "公演シリーズ・年月 (performance series/date)", "演目 (performances)," "役名 (role names)" and "人名 (personal names)." You will find more detailed explanation on how to search under the "利用案内 (usage guide)."

You will find "歌舞伎 (Kabuki)" under the "公演記録 (performance records)," "錦絵 (Nishiki-e)" and "ブロマイド (photos)" under the "収蔵資料 (database)," "戯場訓蒙図彙 (Shibai Kinmō Zui)" under the "電子図書(digital library)," "歌舞伎編 (Kabuki)" under the "舞台芸術教材1 (performing arts materials 1)" and "演目解説 (description of performances)" under the "舞台芸術教材3 (performing arts materials 3)."

Waseda Empaku Ukiyoe Viewing System(浮世絵閲覧システム) By The Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum,Waseda University
   Includes woodblock prints which are mostly yakusha-e (actor prints).

How to use:
Click on "Search" located on the lower side. Enter any search words in Japanese in the "全項目 (all the items)" box and click on the "検索 (search)" button located on the lower side.  Click on the thumnail image you like to see the detailed information.  Click on the image there to open the new window and click on the image again to see the enlarged image.  Also you can search by "絵師 (artists)," "落款(signatue)," "版元(publisher)," "落款(signatue)," "画題等" (subjects)," 西暦 (western calendar)," "和暦 (Japanese calendar)," "月日 (date)" and "座 (theatre)" etc.

Example:
Enter "忠臣蔵 (Chushingura)" in the "全項目 (all the items)" box to see all the prints related to Chushingura.

Japanese prints  By Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
   Includes the largest collection of Japanese prints outside Japan.

 


Puppetry:

Chintei Bunko Kabuki Jōruri Banzuke system(椿亭文庫歌舞伎・浄瑠璃番附検索システム) By Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University    

See under Kabuki

Bunka Digital Library(文化デジタルライブラリー)By Japan Arts Council

How to use:
Use the pull-down menu located in the upper left of the page or click on the character to see the each page.

Example:
Point the cursor over "公演記録 (performance records)" on the screen to display some genrus such as Noh/Kyogen and Kabuki on the left side. Then click on "文楽 (Bunraku)" to go to the relevant page where you can search in the different category like "公演シリーズ・年月 (performance series/date)," "演目(performances)," "役名 (role names)," "人名 (personal names)" and "頭 (puppet heads)." You will find more detailed explanation on how to search under the "利用案内 (usage guide)."

You will find "文楽 (Bunraku)" under the "公演記録 (performance records)," "文楽資料 (Bunraku database)" under the "収蔵資料 (database)," "文楽編 (Bunraku)" under the "舞台芸術教材1 (performing arts materials 1)" and "演目解説 (description of performances)" under  the "舞台芸術教材3 (performing arts materials 3)."


 

 

 

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