KUSAZURIBIKI
   
Dance title Sh˘fudatsuki Kongen Kusazuri  In Japanese
Authors Kineya Rokusabur˘ IV (music)
Fujima Taisuke (choreography)
History

The Nagauta-based dance-drama "Sh˘fudatsuki Kongen Kusazuri" was premiered in the 1st lunar month of 1814 at the Moritaza, starring Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII and Ichikawa Omez˘ I in the roles of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune and Kobayashi no Asahina.

Key words Shosagoto
Nagauta
Sogamono
Kusazuribiki
Summary

The armour-pulling scene (kusazuribiki) is a famous sogamono, a dance related to the tales of the Soga brothers, Soga Gor˘ Tokimune and Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari, who plan to take revenge on their fatherĺs murderer, the evil Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune. The hot-blooded Gor˘, believing his brother to be in mortal danger, rushes out from hiding to his defense, only to be held back by the legendary warrior Kobayashi no Asahina, who pulls the lappets of Gor˘'s armor to stop the impetuous young man. Asaina's costume usually bears the crest of a crane in a circle while Gor˘'s costume bears the Soga butterfly crest. A contest of strength ensues and the armor is torn in two pieces.

Trivia

Asaina is sometimes replaced by Maizuru, a female role, when the stage partner of the actor playing the role of Gor˘ is an onnagata.

The actors Ichikawa Kodanji V and Ichikawa Sadanji I playing the roles of Kobayashi no Asahina and Soga Gor˘ Tokimune in the dance-drama "Sh˘fudatsuki Kongen Kusazuri", which was staged in January 1901 at the Meijiza (print made by K˘ch˘r˘ H˘sai)

 
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