The September Grand Kabuki Tour in the central provinces.
(The Puppet Sanbas˘)
The Sanbas˘ is part of the ritual N˘ play "Okina",
a prayer for prosperity and in Kabuki the vigorous Sanbas˘ dance
is often performed separately. To make the dance especially auspicious, the old man
Okina and attendant Senzai appear as well. In Kabuki, the Sanbas˘ dance
appears in all kinds of versions. In this particular version, the Sanbas˘ is
actually a giant marionette (Nakamura Mantar˘), dancing lightly until his antics tangle his strings,
creating problems for his puppeteer.
Keya-mura: Rokusuke (Onoe Matsuya), a sword master who lives a simple country life,
is taking care of a small foundling child. He hangs the boy's kimono outside his house in
the hope that the boy's relatives will see it and know where he is.
One day he finds himself attacked by a woman named Osono (Nakamura Baishi)
who turns out to be the aunt of the child. As they talk, they find that they are in fact linked by promises of marriage
although they have never met directly. Osono is searching for Ky˘goku no Takumi (ďtani Keiz˘), the killer of her father, Rokusuke's master, and
Rokusuke promises to help in her vendetta.
Ninin Wankyű: the fabulously wealthy Wan'ya Kyűbŕ (nicknamed Wankyű) is disowned by
his family for falling in love with the courtesan Matsuyama.
Then, when she dies, he goes mad with grief and wanders through the countryside.
This dance shows him as he imagines meeting Matsuyama again and there is a
lively dance recalling their happiness together before the vision fades
and he is left alone. Starring Onoe Matsuya as Wankyű and Nakamura Baishi as Matsuyama.
Sources: Earphone Guide Website or Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website