YODANME
   
Play title Kanadehon Chűshingura  In Japanese
Common title Yodanme  In Japanese
Authors Takeda Izumo II
Miyoshi Sh˘raku
Namiki Senryű I
History

The play "Kanadehon Chűshingura" was originally written for the puppet theater (Bunraku) and staged for the first time in the 8th lunar month of 1748 in ďsaka at the Takemotoza. It was adapted for Kabuki the same year and staged for the first time in the 12th lunar month of 1748 in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai [casting]. The "Yodanme" act (4th act) was performed with the actors Ichinokawa Hikoshir˘ II, Arashi Sanjűr˘ II, Anegawa Shinshir˘ I, Kataoka Nizaemon IV and Tamiya Jűzabur˘ II in the roles of Hen'ya Hangan, ďboshi Yuranosuke, Ishid˘ Umanoj˘, Ono Kudayű and Yakushiji Jirozaemon.

Structure

The "Yodanme" act, the fourth act of "Kanadehon Chűshingura", is made up of 2 scenes commonly called "Hangan Seppuku" (literally "Hangan's seppuku") and "Shiro Akewatashi" (literally "Vacating the Castle"). Scene 1 and 2 are always performed for a t˘shi ky˘gen production of this drama and are never staged independently of the others acts.

Key words Gidayű Ky˘gen
Adauchi
Jidaimono
Seppuku
Summary

Act IV, Scene 1: Hangan Seppuku
Hangan's Ritual Suicide

 

Act IV, Scene 2: Shiro Akewatashi
Handing Over the Castle

The actors Onoe Tamiz˘ II (left side of the wall), Kataoka Ichiz˘ II (right side; top; 1st from left), Arashi Tokusabur˘ IV (right side; top; 2nd from left), Asao Okuyama IV (right side; top; 3rd from left), Arashi Hinasuke VII (right side; top; 2nd from right), Nakamura Jakuemon I (right side; top; 1st from right), Jitsukawa Gakujűr˘ II (right side; bottom; 1st from left) and Band˘ Hikosabur˘ V (right side; bottom; 1st from right) playing the roles of ďboshi Yuranosuke, Hara G˘emon, ďboshi Rikiya, Ono no Kudayű, Ishid˘ Umanoj˘, Yakushiji Jirozaemon, ďboshi Yuranosuke and En'ya Hangan in the fourth act of the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura" (mitate-e made by Nakai Yoshitaki in 1865)

 
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