Dance titles Tonbi Yakko  In Japanese
Manete Mimasu Shiki no Wazaogi  In Japanese
Authors Kineya Rokusaburô (music)
Fujima Kanjûrô II (choreography)

The actor Ichikawa Danjûrô VII performed in the 5th lunar month of 1814 at the Ichimuraza a 12-role hengemono, which was entitled "Manete Mimasu Shiki no Wazaogi", one role of each month of the year. One of these twelve roles, the role for the 4th month, a yakko, survived and became the dance "Tonbi Yakko".

Key words Nagauta

A yakko is sent out on an errand to buy the first bonito of the year for the household. On the way back to the mansion, the bonito is swiped by a kite (tonbi). The highlight of this dance are the cute gestures of the yakko as he goes after the bird in hopes of retrieving his fish.

Source: Nihon Buyô

Ichikawa Danjûrô VII in 2 of the 12 roles of the hengemono "Manete Mimasu Shiki no Wazaogi", which was staged in the 5th lunar month of 1814 at the Ichimuraza (the role in the bottom/right is the yakko)

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