KAIRAISHI
   
Dance title Kairaishi
Mata Atarashiku Mitsu no Sakazuki  In Japanese
Authors Sakurada Jisuke II (lyrics)
Kiyomoto Saibŕ (music)
History

The actor Band˘ Mitsugor˘ III performed in the 9th lunar month of 1810 at the Ichimuraza a 3-role hengemono, which was entitled "Mata Atarashiku Mitsu no Sakazuki", One of these roles, the street performer, survived and became the dance "Kairaishi".

Key words Kairaishi
Kiyomoto
Shosagoto
Summary

A kairaishi is a street performer who travels from town to town carrying a box filled with various dolls around his neck. In the town, he would stop at a street corner and perform dances with his dolls for the people who gather around to see the performance. This is a very enjoyable, light-hearted dance, full of mimicry.

Source: Nihon Buy˘

The actor Ichimura Uzaemon XII performing a kairaishi in the hengemono "Na ni Tachibana Hana no Edaburi", which was staged in the 5th lunar month of 1834 at the Ichimuraza (print made by Utagawa Kunisada I)

 
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