KOMEYA
   
Play titles Futatsu Ch˘ch˘ Kuruwa Nikki  In Japanese
Komeya  In Japanese
Authors Takeda Izumo II
Namiki Senryű I
Miyoshi Sh˘raku
History

The play in nine acts "Futatsu Ch˘ch˘ Kuruwa Nikki" was originally written for the puppets theater and performed for the first time in the 7th lunar month of 1749 at the Takemotoza in ďsaka. It was adapted for Kabuki a few weeks later by the zamoto Arashi San'emon IV in the 8th lunar month of 1749 in Ky˘to. The roles of the 2 sum˘ wrestlers Nuregami Ch˘gor˘ and Ch˘kichi were played by the actors Nakayama Shinkur˘ I and Fujikawa Heikur˘.

Structure

The "Daih˘ji-machi Tsukigomeya" act ("at the rice store in the district of Daih˘ji"), commonly called "Komeya", is the fourth act of the play "Futatsu Ch˘ch˘ Kuruwa Nikki". It has somehow lost its popularity, which it enjoyed during the Edo period, and is rarely revived nowadays.

Key words Sewamono
Gidayű Ky˘gen
Sum˘
Summary

Oseki is the elder sister of Hanaregoma Ch˘kichi. After their parents died, Oseki has brought up Ch˘kichi alone. She also manages a rice store almost alone, because Ch˘kichi doesn't help her. Now Oseki worries about Ch˘kichi, because he doesn't come home as usual.

Ch˘kichi comes home but he doesn't care of his kind elder sister. Oseki makes supper for her younger brother without any complaint. Note-no-San and Geta-no-Ichi, two dubious friends of Ch˘kichi, arrive at the rice shop and say that Yamazaki Yogor˘ and his lover Azuma eloped, because Hiraoka G˘zaemon, a villain samurai, made a deposit to buy Azuma from the geisha house. Ch˘kichi is very surprised, and he thinks that his rival Nuregami Ch˘gor˘ must have hidden them. Ch˘kichi says that he can't do anything for them, because he made the promise to fight against Ch˘gor˘ tonight. Oseki is secretly surprised to hear it, but she says that she is going to her prayer group night meeting, leaving the custody of the shop to her brother. Ch˘kichi asks his two friends to go to Ch˘gor˘'s place and ask him to come here.

Ch˘gor˘ comes to the rice store. He asks Ch˘kichi where Yogor˘ and Azuma are. Both of them don't know where they are. However they don't think about it, and they start fighting with the shop rice balls. two unknown men, one covered with bandages, suddenly arrive at the rice store. They shout that Ch˘kichi is a thief. Ch˘gor˘ refuses to continue to fight with a mere thief. Then an injured man and an old woman enter the shop and shout the same thing. Ch˘gor˘ says that he will wait until Ch˘kichi's troubles are solved.

Oseki rushes in to deal with the visitors. They tell her that Ch˘kichi stole their money and injured them. Oseki says that her younger brother isn't a person who does such a thing. The puzzled Ch˘kichi has no idea why they are accusing him. Oseki shows inside of a chest of drawers in order to prove that his innocence. But there are purses that Ch˘kichi could have stolen. Oseki is disappointed, but Ch˘kichi has no words to say, because he didn't steal anything. Oseki says that she will repay the stolen money and will ask them not to take Ch˘kichi to the police. Oseki shows the visitors into a different room.

Ch˘kichi is very surprised, and he thinks that he has no method to prove his innocence except to commit suicide. When Ch˘kichi is about to kill himself, Ch˘gor˘ stops him. Ch˘gor˘ had been staying as an observer in the same room. Ch˘gor˘ says that Ch˘kichi is very lucky because he has a very kind elder sister, Oseki who is worried and cares about him. Ch˘gor˘ was abandoned by his mother when he was 5, because his father died. After that, his adopted parents died, and he has had no family since then. Ch˘gor˘ thinks that Ch˘kichi should stop doing anything to make Oseki worry about him. Ch˘gor˘ says that he also stop fighting, and that he would like to make a good relationship with Ch˘kichi as a brother. Ch˘kichi accepts it with great pleasure, and promises to stop fighting after this.

Oseki and the visitors are back on stage. She says that she listened to their talking. In fact, Oseki made a plot with the visitors in order to make Ch˘kichi regret himself. The visitors are all members of her prayer group and everything was a lie that Oseki asked them to say . Today is the memorial day of their father and Oseki thinks that it is a suitable day for Ch˘kichi to make the resolution to stop fighting and help her to manage the rice store. Oseki thanks her friends, who leave the shop.

After that, Note-no-San and Geta-no-Ichi are back at the shop, reporting that Hiraoka G˘zaemon has finally found Yogor˘ and Azuma. Ch˘kichi is very excited hearing it and is about to rush to help them. Ch˘gor˘ stops his new friend and says that Ch˘kichi should stay at home with his sister, because he promised to stop fighting. Ch˘gor˘ will take care of Yogor˘ and Azuma.

This summary has been written by Sekidobashi Sakura (April 2004) and edited by Sh˘riya Aragor˘

The actors Fujikawa Hachiz˘ II (left), Hanagiri Tomimatsu I (right/top) and Yamamoto Giemon (right/bottom) playing the roles of Nuregami Ch˘gor˘, Oseki and Hanaregoma Ch˘kichi in the "Komeya" scene of the drama "Futatsu Ch˘ch˘ Kuruwa Nikki", which was staged in the 5th lunar month of 1782 in Ky˘to (cover of the illustated banzuke)

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