TOKAIYA - FUNAYAGURA - DAIMOTSU NO URA
   
Play title Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura  In Japanese
Yoshitsune and the Thousand Cherry Trees
Authors Takeda Izumo II
Miyoshi Sh˘raku
Namiki Senryű I
History

The play "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura" was originally written for the puppet theater (Bunraku) and staged for the first time in the 11th lunar month of 1747 in ďsaka at the Takemotoza. It was adapted for Kabuki the following year and staged for the first time in the 1st lunar month of 1748 in Ise with Kataoka Nizaemon IV (Tokaiya Ginpei, Yokawa no Zenji Kakuhan) and Yamamoto Koheiji (Tadanobu). It was performed for the first time in a city licensed theater in the 5th lunar month of 1748, in Edo at the Nakamuraza [casting].

Structure

The "Tokaiya", "Funayagura" and "Daimotsu no Ura" scenes are the second, third and fourth scenes of the second act of "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura". They are either staged independently of the rest of the play or as part of a t˘shi ky˘gen production of "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

Key words Genpei-kassenmono
Genji
Gidayű Ky˘gen
Giri/Ninj˘
Heike
Jidaimono
Minamoto Yoritomo
Minamoto Yoshitsune
Musashib˘ Benkei
Tachimawari
Taira Kiyomori
Tsubone
Summary

Previous scene: "Torii Mae"

Tokaiya
At the Tokaiya

 

Funayagura
In the Sea-Observation Room

 

Daimotsu no Ura
At the Daimotsu Bay

Next scene: "Ko-no-Mi"

The actor Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IX playing the role of Taira no Tomomori in the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura" in a print made by Toyohara Kunichika in August 1898

 
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