A comical ‘shin-hanga’ period Japanese print depicting a monkey in a kimono. Produced as an advertisement for Kaga (a city in Ishikawa prefecture) Sanbansō.
Sanbasō is the celebratory dance that traditionally opens a kabuki season or marks the opening of a new theatre. Taken from the ritual dance Okina of the noh theater, it is a prayer for prosperity and abundance adapted to the kabuki stage. There are many variations of the dance in the kabuki theatre. This variation is known as the gokoku hōjo, or “prayer for the five grains.”
Shin-hanga (新版画, lit. “new prints”, “new woodcut (block) prints”) was an art movement in early 20th-century Japan, during the Taishō and Shōwa periods, that revitalized traditional ukiyo-e art rooted in the Edo and Meiji periods (17th–19th century).