GAMA

The toad, gama in Japanese, can be used on a Kabuki stage. The most famous scenes with giant toad are in "Tenjiku Tokubę", "Masakado" and "Jiraiya".

A scene with a gama in the 1803 Kabuki encyclopedia "Shibai Kinmô Zui"

Onoe Matsusuke I playing the role of Tenjiku Tokubę in the scene with the giant gama in the drama "Eiri Otogi Zôshi", which was staged in the 6th lunar month of 1808 at the Ichimuraza (print made by Utagawa Toyokuni I)

Onoe Eizaburô I playing the role of Tenjiku Tokubę in the scene with the giant gama in the drama "Okuni Gozen Keshô no Sugatami", which was staged in the 6th lunar month of 1809 at the Moritaza (print made by Utagawa Toyokuni I)

Ichimura Uzaemon XIII playing the role of Tenjiku Tokubę in the scene with the giant gama in a print made by Utagawa Toyokuni III in 1859

Ichimura Uzaemon XIII playing the role of Tenjiku Tokubę in the scene with the giant gama in a print made by Utagawa Toyokuni III in 1862

Onoe Kikugorô V playing the role of Tenjiku Tokubę in the scene with the giant gama in the drama "Zôho Tenjiku Tokubę", which was staged in November 1883 at the Ichimuraza (print made by Toyohara Kunichika)

Onoe Kikugorô VI playing the role of Tenjiku Tokubę in the scene with the giant gama in the drama "Oto ni Kiku Tenjiku Tokubę", which was staged in September 1935 at the Kabukiza

 
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