DORO

The mud, doro in Japanese, can be used on a Kabuki stage. A scene with real mud (hondoro) is called doroba and the stage device containing the mud is called dorobune. The most famous scene with mud is the "Nagamachi Ura" scene, a very spectacular scene of the drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami".

A scene with real mud (doroba) in the 1803 Kabuki encyclopedia "Shibai Kinm˘ Zui"

Nakamura Utaemon IV playing the role of Danshichi Kurobŕ in the "Nagamachi Ura" scene (the doroba) of the drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami", in a print made by Utagawa Kuniyoshi

Nakayama Ichiz˘ (bottom/left) and Ichikawa Kodanji IV (top/right) playing the roles of Mikawaya Giheiji and Danshichi Kurobŕ in the "Nagamachi Ura" scene (the doroba) of the drama "Hana Sh˘bu Otoko Kagami", which was staged in the 5th lunar month of 1855 at the Nakamuraza (print made by Utagawa Toyokuni III)

Nakamura Utaemon IV and Nakamura Tomosa II playing the roles of Danshichi Kurobŕ and Mikawaya Giheiji in the "Nagamachi Ura" scene (the doroba) of the drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami", which was staged in the 5th lunar month of 1850 at the Naka no Shibai (print made by Utagawa Hirosada)

 
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