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As stars of the Edo period, kabuki actors were the high-profile icons of their time. Idolized by a fanatical public, nowhere did these stars shine brighter than in Osaka. From single-sheet prints and images for kaomise, the seasonal “face showing” of the actors set to perform for a particular theater season, to banzuke (playbills) and fan prints, the Osaka artists became inextricably tied to the world of the kabuki theater. While some bijin-ga (pictures of beautiful women) emerged, yakusha-e, or actor prints, dominated the woodblock prints of Japan. Osaka-e comprise a distinct genre in ukiyo-e. Also referred to as Kansai prints (the area around Osaka) or Kamigata prints (name for the Kansai region), Osaka art prints match the city’s unbridled enthusiasm for the dramatic with equally expressive yakusha-e. Ronin Annex is pleased to present a collection of kabuki prints featuring some of Osaka’s greatest artists with each work priced under $500.