KSHIR V - DANJR VIII

The actors Matsumoto Kshir V (in the medallion) and Ichikawa Danjr VIII playing the roles of Nikki Danj and Arajishi Otokonosuke in the "Yukashita" scene of drama "Meiboku Sendai Hagi" in a print made in the 10th lunar month of 1852 by Utagawa Toyokuni III

This print, which belongs to the asobue to awase series associated to the 12 year-marking Chinese zodiacal signs, has the sign of the Rat on it ... and 2008 is the year of the Rat in Japan!

What is the link between the sign of the Rat and the "Yukashita" scene?
You'll get the answer by reading the summary of this scene

 
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