Kabuki Plays On-Stage: Villainy and Vengeance, 1773-1799
A collection of Kabuki play translations which trace Kabuki's changing relations to Japanese society during the premodern era. Each translation is accompanied by an introduction that contextualizes the play.
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Aburaya actors aragoto BAN'EMON BENKEI bows brother CHUBEI courtesan crosses curtain dance DANJO DONTOTA door DULL BLADE exits face father Five Great Powers GENGOBEI GENJIRO gold HACHIEMON hanamichi hand haori HATSUGIKU head Hisamatsu Hisayoshi holding Ichikawa IORI Ishikawa Goemon IWAFUJI IWAJI JUJIRO kabuki Kamigata Kawa kimono KISUKE KITAROKU kneels KOMACHI KOMAN KOSUKE kyogen KYUSAKU lady-in-waiting looks lord lover MAGOEMON MANNO MASAOKA Memorial Theatre Museum MISAO MITSUGI Mitsuhide MIYAGINO MOTOEMON MUNESADA Museum of Waseda Nakamura Nakamura-za offstage shamisen OHATSU OKISHI OKON OKONO OMITSU onnagata ONOE Osaka OSHIKA OSOME pose princess puppet Ranjatai SAKAE samurai sandal SANGOBEI scene SECURE LOVE SEKIBEI SENMATSU SENTARO shamisen shamisen music Shibai shichisan SHINOBU sits sleeve STAGE ASSISTANT stands SUMIZOME sword TAKEMOTO takes tears Temple TOMA translated Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre tsuke beats UDESUKE UMEGAWA UNTOTA wait Waseda University wears weeps YASHIO YASUKE Yoshitsune
Page 39 - Since Gatama died there has been no one to succour people from the perplexities of life and death. In the mediaeval age there was an Emperor who was a sincere believer and took pity on the people. One night he had a dream and divine revelation came to him. He was so impressed that he built a temple for the peace of the world as well as for his own people. However, it was destroyed by fire in the Jisho era, and it was regrettable that after its destruction people no longer observed the traditions...
Page 39 - He decided to build a holy temple. NAGAUTA: "However, it was destroyed by fire / in the recent past. / Now a priest named Shunjobo / has received a mandate / and wishes to rebuild the temple. / He has sent many of us out / to different provinces, / bearing a subscription list." BENKEI : Those who contribute even a piece of paper or a small coin will obtain the highest happiness on earth . . . NAGAUTA: "And find forever peace / in the next world." BENKEI : May the Buddha hear the words, my lord, I...