SENGI
   
Play title Shin Usuyuki Monogatari  In Japanese
Authors Matsuda Bunk˘d˘
Miyoshi Sh˘raku
Takeda Koizumo I (Takeda Izumo II)
Ogawa Hanbei
History

The play "Shin Usuyuki Monogatari" was originally written for the puppet theater (Bunraku) and staged for the first time in the 5th lunar month of 1741 in ďsaka at the Takemotoza. It was adapted for Kabuki a few months later and staged for the first time in the 8th lunar month of 1741 in Ky˘to at Hayagumo Ch˘dayű's theater, produced by Sakakiyama Jűtar˘ I [casting].

Structure

"Shin Usuyuki Monogatari" was originally a 3-part drama. The current version is now made up of 4 acts (divided into 7 scenes). "Saisaki-tei Sengi" ("the Inquiry at the Saisaki Residence"), commonly called "Sengi" ("the Inquiry"), is the second act of "Shin Usuyuki Monogatari".

Key words Gidayű Ky˘gen
Giri/Ninj˘
Jidaimono
Sengi
Tachimawari
Summary

Sengi
The Inquiry

At that night, Saemon comes to the mansion of Saisaki Iga-no-Kami in order to meet to Usuyuki-hime secretly. When the young lovers meet each other, Matsugae who is mother of Princess Usuyuki finds them. Matsugae says Saemon to go home tonight. She says that if they love each other, she would make them marry in the near future. Saemon accepts it, and is going home. Then the coming of an envoy of the Shogunate office is announced.

Katsuragi Minbu, Akizuki Daizen, Sonobe Hy˘e, and Saisaki Iga-no-Kami appear on the scene. Minbu brings the sword box there. Hy˘e and Iga-no-Kami are surprised to see Saemon there. Every concerned person is gathered there. Minbu says that a mark that constituted a curse was found on the sword. And he says that Saemon is the most suspicious person of it.

Everyone, especially Saemon is surprised very much. Saemon opens the sword box, and searches of it. There has been a curse mark on it really. Saemon has no idea why a curse mark there is. Saemon asks Minbu to hear Kuniyuki's testimony, because Kuniyuki went to the temple with him. However, everyone knows that Kuniyuki is missing now.

Akizuki Daizen says that Kuniyuki's testimony isn't necessary, because he has a secret letter. He shows a letter that was written by Princess Usuyuki to Saemon. Daizen says that the letter is evidence that Saemon and Princess Usuyuki have plotted against the Shogunate government. And that was proved, because Saemon is there. Saemon is cornered, and he tried to commit suicide, seppuku. Minbu stops it, and says Saemon to defend himself again after Kuniyuki appears.

Then the dead body of Kuniyuki is carried there. Saemon is disappointed completely. Minbu does an inspection of the dead body himself, and find a scar of the dead body's throat. That scar seems to be made with a dagger that was thrown by an expert. Minbu remembered who could make that scar, but he says nothing then.

Iga-no-Kami and Hy˘e ask to make them investigate their children. Iga-no-Kami will investigate Saemon, and Hy˘e will investigate Princess Usuyuki. Minbu accepts it, and Hy˘e takes Princess Usuyuki to his mansion.

This summary was written by Sekidobashi Sakura (November 2002) and Sh˘riya Aragor˘ (November 2008)

The actors Mimasu Daigor˘ I (top/left), Arashi Hinasuke I (bottom/left), Mimasu Tanin II (top/right), Nakamura Tamagashiwa (woman left), and Yamashina Jinkichi II (woman right) playing the roles of Saisaki Iga-no-Kami, Akizuki Daizen, Katsuragi Minbu, Matsugae and Princess Usuyuki in the "Sengi" scene of the drama "Shin Usuyuki Monogatari", which was staged in the 12th lunar month of 1776 at the Kado no Shibai

 
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