Agemaki was a leading courtesan in the Yoshiwara gay quarters of Edo (the old name for Tokyo) during the Edo period (1615-1867). She has been immortalised in the one-act Kabuki play Sukeroku, the name of the most famous dandy of Edo and the hero of Edo townsmen. Sukeroku and an evil samurai, the bearded Ikyu, contend over Agemaki in a comic and emotive play that is one of the so-called Kabuki Eighteen Favourites which were selected by the famous Danjuro line of actors. Typical of a high-ranking courtesan of the Yoshiwara district, Agemaki has an elaborate hairstyle and wears her obi tied at the front.
Takahashi was born in Kanagawa were he still lives. He was educated at Nihon University.
Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Japanese Prints: The Urban Bonsai, 1992, pg. 92.
Place where the work was made
Heisei period 1989 - → Japan
73.0 x 80.0 cm image; 85.0 x 61.0 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed l.r., pencil "Hiromitsu". Not dated.
Gift of the artist 1993
Not on display
© TAKAHASHI Hiromitsu
Where the work was made
Referenced in 1 publication
Contemporary Japanese Prints : The Urban Bonsai, Sydney, 1992, 92, 99 (colour illus.). cat.no. 60