SHIKA KOROSHI
   
Play title Imoseyama Onna Teikin  In Japanese
Authors Chikamatsu Hanji
Miyoshi Sh˘raku
Matsuda Boku
Eizenbei
Chikamatsu T˘nan
History

The play "Imoseyama Onna Teikin" was originally written for the puppet theater (Bunraku) and staged for the first time in the 1st lunar month of 1771 in ďsaka at Takeda Shinmatsu's theater (ex-Takemotoza). It was quickly adapted for Kabuki and staged in Ky˘to in the 3rd lunar month of 1771 at the Kitagawa no Shibai [casting]. It was a long run, produced from the 25th of March to the 10th of the 5th lunar month of 1771. For this premiere, the role of Shibaroku was played by Edosaka Ky˘emon.

The "Shika Koroshi" scene went into oblivion at the beginning of the 20th century. It was fortunatelly revived at the National Theatre in April 1974, starring Nakamura Ganjir˘ II and Nakamura Kotar˘ V in the roles of Shibaroku and Shibaroku's son Sansaku.

Structure

"Shika Koroshi" is the second scene of the second act of "Imoseyama Onna Teikin".

Key words Gidayű Ky˘gen
Giri/Ninj˘
Jidaimono
Shika
Shinroku
Tsuzurayama
Wakakusayama
Summary

The hunter Shibaroku is a former retainer of Fujiwara no Kamatari. He is trying to be reinstated with his former lord by serving him in various ways. One night on Mount Tsuzura, Shibaroku kills a sacred dark black deer (shinroku), a crime punishable by death. He has learnt that mixing the blood of a black deer and the blood of a jealous woman is the only magic potion able to kill the evil Soga no Iruka.

The "Shika Koroshi" scene (top/left of the picture) of "Imoseyama Onna Teikin" with Asao Tamejűr˘ I [1] in the role of Shibaroku, which was staged in the 5th lunar month of 1775 at the Kado no Shibai

[1] Arashi Kichisabur˘ I according to the National Theatre's "J˘en Shiry˘-shű 377"

 
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