OCTOBER 2022

10 shows in T˘ky˘ (Kabukiza, National Theatre, Heisei Nakamuraza, T˘ky˘ Skytree), 1 in Nagoya (Misonoza), 1 in ďsaka (Sh˘chikuza) and 1 in Narita (Naritasan Shinsh˘ji Temple)!

  • Living National Treasure Nakamura Baigyoku, Nakamura Kaishun, Nakamura Shikan, Nakamura Jakuemon, Matsumoto K˘shir˘, Ichikawa Ennosuke, Kataoka Takatar˘, Ichikawa Sadanji, Onoe Sh˘roku, Nakamura Karoku, Ichikawa Monnosuke and Band˘ Minosuke perform at the Kabukiza !
  • Ichikawa Danjűr˘, Living National Treasure Kataoka Nizaemon and Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘ perform at the Kabukiza !
  • Living National Treasure Onoe Kikugor˘, Onoe Kikunosuke, Nakamura Tokiz˘, Nakamura Kinnosuke, Band˘ Rakuzen, Nakamura Matagor˘, Band˘ Hikosabur˘, Kamimura Kichiya, Nakamura Baishi and Nakamura Yonekichi perform at the National Theatre !
  • Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘ performs at the Misonoza !
  • Kataoka Ainosuke and Nakamura Kazutar˘ perform at the Sh˘chikuza !
  • Nakamura Kankur˘ and Nakamura Shichinosuke perform at the Heisei Nakamuraza!
  • Kabukiza (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 4 ~ 27 October 2022
    Geijutsusai Jűgatsu ďkabuki
    National Arts Festival October Grand Kabuki
    1st program

    Onizoroi Momijigari

    Arakawa Jűdayű

    2nd program

    Gion Koi Zukushi

    Tsuri Onna

    3rd program

    Genji Monogatari (Yűgao no Maki)

    Mekura Nagaya Ume-ga-Kagatobi

    Casting

    Living National Treasure Nakamura Baigyoku, Nakamura Kaishun, Nakamura Shikan, Nakamura Jakuemon, Matsumoto K˘shir˘, Ichikawa Ennosuke, Kataoka Takatar˘, Ichikawa Sadanji, Onoe Sh˘roku, Nakamura Karoku, Ichikawa Monnosuke, Band˘ Minosuke, Ichikawa Emisabur˘, Ichikawa Emiya, Ichikawa En'ya, Ichikawa Komaz˘, Band˘ Kamez˘, Nakamura Matsue, Ichikawa Seiko, Nakamura Kash˘, Nakamura Tanenosuke, ďtani Hirotar˘, Kataoka Sennosuke, Ichikawa Otora, Nakamura Takanosuke, Nakamura Tamatar˘, Onoe Sakon, Nakamura Kichinoj˘, Nakamura Baika

    Comments

    The October Grand Kabuki at the Kabukiza.

  • Onizoroi Momijigari:
    (The Autumn Leaves and the Demon of Mt. Togakushi)
    This dance is a modern adaptation of a colorful Kabuki play based on an austere classic. The aristocrat Koremochi (Matsumoto K˘shir˘) has travelled to view the autumn leaves and encounters a beautiful princess (Ichikawa Ennosuke) and her entourage. The entire party of beautiful women turns out to be vicious demons and attack Koremochi after lulling him to sleep with a beautiful dream-like dance.
  • Arakawa Jűdayű: the street in front of the Sengakuji Temple is bustling with people who come to celebrate the 7th anniversary of the death of the loyal retainers of Ak˘ Domain. Arakawa Jűdayű (Onoe Sh˘roku), a foot guard of the Matsudaira clan in Iyo Province, comes to visit the grave in fine attire which is unsuitable for a warrior of lower rank. Sugita Gozaemon (Nakamura Kichinoj˘), an inspector of the same clan who happens to be present, rebukes him for assuming a false rank which is a serious crime for a warrior. Later at court, as his lord Matsudaira Oki-no-Kami Sadanao (Band˘ Kamez˘) interrogates him about the reason why he assumed a false rank, he begins to talk about the day when he acted as second for Horibe Yasubŕ (Ichikawa Ennosuke), one of the loyal retainers of Ak˘ Domain, as he committed seppuku ritual disembowelment
  • and ů

  • Gion Koi Zukushi: on his way back from a pilgrimage to Ise Shrine to Edo, Tomegor˘ (Matsumoto K˘shir˘) stays at the ďtsuya, an utensil's shop of the tea ceremony, run by Jir˘hachi (Nakamura Ganjir˘) in Ky˘to. Jir˘hachi has invited Tomegor˘ because he owes Tomegor˘'s father a great deal in his youth and also because it is just the time of Gion Festival in Ky˘to. Tomegor˘ falls in love with Osono (Kataoka Sennosuke), the sister of Jir˘hachi's wife Otsugi (also played by Nakamura Ganjir˘), at first sight. Otsugi asks him to spy on Jir˘hachi whether he is in love with another woman or not. Since this spring, Jir˘hachi often came home late at night. As Otsugi suspects, Jir˘hachi is head over heels in love with Someka (also played by Matsumoto K˘shir˘), a geisha in Gion, but Someka has a patron and dislikes Jir˘hachi. In the mean while, Osono asks Tomegor˘ to take herself along to Edo; she is in love with Bunshichi (Band˘ Minosuke), a clerk of ďtsuya, but Otsugi doesn't know their relation and recommends her to marry the son of Mochimaruya. She asks Tomegor˘ to help her elope with Bunshichi. In exchange for telling Otsugi the name of a woman who Jir˘hachi loves,Tomegor˘ asks her to approve the marriage between Osono and Bunshichi. Hearing this, Jir˘hachi thinks that Tomegor˘ talked them in to humiliating him,and bears a grudge against Tomegor˘ and they quarrel with each other. They are reconciled at last to hear that Mochimaruya Tahŕ (Nakamura Karoku) has given up getting Osono as his son's bride and approved the marriage between Osono and Bunshichi.
  • Tsuri Onna: a dance based on a classical Ky˘gen farce. A master (Nakamura Kash˘) longs for a wife and is told by the gods in a dream to go fishing for one. He is united with a beautiful princess (Ichikawa Emiya). His servant Tar˘kaja (Onoe Sh˘roku) wants a wife as well, but when he goes fishing, is stuck with a very surprising companion, played by Matsumoto K˘shir˘ in a rare, humorous, female role.
  • Yűgao no Maki: Hikaru Genji (Living National Treasure Nakamura Baigyoku) cannot get accustomed to his lawful wife Lady Aoi and finds peace of mind with other women. One day, while visiting the concubine of the Emperor's elder brother who lives in Rokuj˘, he becomes attracted to a woman who lives quietly in a house, on the fence of which a moonflower is in bloom. On the night of the 15th day of the 8th lunar month when a beautiful moon appears, he at last calls on her, led there by his follower Koremitsu (Kataoka Ichiz˘). While he enjoys a moon-viewing party and dances with her, another suspicious woman (Kataoka Takatar˘) thrusts herself between them and ů. Featuring also Nakamura Kaishun.
  • Kagatobi: the firemen serving the fabulously wealthy Kaga clan were famous for their colorful spirit. This play features a short pageant of these firefighters combined with a dark story of the sinister masseur D˘gen who uses murder, theft and extortion to satisfy his lust and greed. The actor playing D˘gen doubles as one of the gallant bosses of the firefighting gang alongside the firefighter that unmasks D˘genĺs villainy. Starring Nakamura Shikan, Living National Treasure Nakamura Baigyoku and Nakamura Jakuemon as D˘gen, Matsuz˘, the firefighter that defeats him, and Okane. Featuring also Ichikawa Sadanji, Ichimura Kakitsu and Nakamura Matsue.
  • Sources: Earphone Guide Website or Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

    Dates 31 October ~ 1 November 2022
    Jűsandaime Ichikawa Danjűr˘ Hakuen Shűmei Hir˘ Kinen ~
    Kabukiza Tokubestu K˘en

    Ichikawa Danjűr˘ XIII Hakuen Name-Taking Announcement Celebration ~
    Kabukiza Special Performances
    Program

    Kamiuta

    Kaoyose Teuchi Shiki

    Kanjinch˘

    Casting

    Ichikawa Danjűr˘, Living National Treasure Kataoka Nizaemon, Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘, Kanze Kiyokazu, Kanze Tetsunoj˘

    Comments

    Ichikawa Ebiz˘ XI takes the name of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ XIII in T˘ky˘ at the Kabukiza in a 2-day special program. The first item is a dance-drama performed by the masters Kanze Kiyokazu (the 26th s˘ke of the Kanze School) and Kanze Tetsunoj˘ IX. The second item is a hand-clapping ceremony to celebrate the shűmei of the new Danjűr˘.

  • Kanjinch˘: probably the most popular Kabuki play today, it includes dance, comedy and the heart-warming pathos of a band of heroes during their last days. Disguised as a band of traveling priests the fugitive general Yoshitsune and his small band of retainers are stopped at a road barrier. They escape only through the quick thinking of the head retainer, a warrior priest named Musashib˘ Benkei, who improvises the text of an elaborate imperial decree. Having escaped danger Benkei and the others describe their days of glory and hardships on the road to escape in a moving dance. This program stars Ichikawa Danjűr˘ in the role of Benkei, with Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘ and Living National Treasure Kataoka Nizaemon as Yoshitsune and the barrier keeper Togashi.
  • Sources: Earphone Guide Website or Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

    National Theatre (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 1 ~ 26 October 2022
    Program A

    Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura

  • Torii Mae
  • Tokaiya
  • Funayagura
  • Daimotsu no Ura
  • Program B

    Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura

  • Ko-no-Mi
  • Kokingo Uchijini
  • Sushiya
  • Program C

    Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura

  • Yoshinoyama
  • Kawatsura H˘gen Yakata
  • Casting

    Living National Treasure Onoe Kikugor˘, Onoe Kikunosuke, Nakamura Tokiz˘, Nakamura Kinnosuke, Band˘ Rakuzen, Nakamura Matagor˘, Band˘ Hikosabur˘, Kamimura Kichiya, Nakamura Baishi, Nakamura Yonekichi, Kawarasaki Gonjűr˘, Nakamura Mantar˘, Ichimura Takematsu, Ichimura Hikaru, Onoe Ushinosuke, Ichimura Kitsutar˘

    Comments

    The October Grand Kabuki at the National Theatre with the t˘shi ky˘gen of the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura", chopped up into 3 programs, all of them starring Onoe Kikunosuke in the main roles. 3 hours and 20 minutes for Program A. 3 hours and 30 minutes for Program B. 2 hours and 40 minutes for Program C. Although Yoshitsune is the title character, the main characters of the play are actually Tomomori, Gonta and Tadanobu, the heroes of the different sections of the play.

  • Torii Mae: (In Front of the Fushimi Inari Shrine)
    Yoshitsune (Nakamura Kinnosuke) is forced to flee from the troops sent by his brother Yoritomo. The trip will be hard and he decides that he must leave behind his lover Shizuka Gozen (Nakamura Yonekichi), despite her passionate pleas to remain with him. As a reminder of himself, he presents her with a precious hand drum that he had received from the emperor. Yoshitsune's retainer Tadanobu (Onoe Kikunosuke) rescues Shizuka from Yoritomo's troops and Yoshitsune decides to leave her in his care.
  • Tokaiya/Daimotsu no Ura:
    (Tokaiya Inn and Daimotsu Bay)
    Yoshitsune (Nakamura Kinnosuke) books passage on a boat to Kyűshű, but the captain is actually Taira no Tomomori (Onoe Kikunosuke), a general of the Heike clan that Yoshitsune helped to defeat. Tomomori was supposedly killed by Yoshitsune in the final battle of the war, but in this play, Tomomori is shown as surviving, living in disguise with the child emperor Antoku and his nursemaid (Nakamura Baishi). Tomomori uses the opportunity to try to get his revenge on Yoshitsune but is defeated again. Finally Tomomori holds a giant anchor and plunges into the sea.
  • Ko-no-Mi/Kokingo Uchijini: (The Chestnut Tree and the Death of Kokingo)
    Wakaba-no-Naishi, the wife of the Heike commander Koremori, travels with her young son and their retainer Kokingo (Nakamura Mantar˘), searching for her husband. While resting in a small mountain village, they are met by Gonta (Onoe Kikunosuke), a local bully who skillfully cons them out of their money. Later they are set upon by Genji forces, and in a spectacular fight scene, Kokingo sacrifices himself to save his mistress and her son.
  • Sushiya: (The Sushi Shop)
    Gonta's father Yazaemon (Kawarasaki Gonjűr˘) runs a sushi shop, but was formerly a retainer of Taira no Koremori. With his clan defeated, Koremori (Nakamura Baishi) now lives with Yazaemon's family disguised as a humble apprentice. Innocently, Yazaemon's daughter, Osato (Nakamura Yonekichi) is in love with him. But knowing of the bounty on Koremori's head, her brother Gonta kills him and turns his wife and child over to the Genji commander. Furious at his son, Yazaemon stabs him, but before his death, Gonta reveals that he only pretended to kill Koremori and sacrificed his own wife and son to save the real Koremori and his family.
  • Michiyuki Hatsune no Tabi: the matinee program closes witha musical travel scene. Hearing that Yoshitsune has taken refuge in the mountains of Yoshino, Tadanobu (Onoe Kikunosuke) and Shizuka (Nakamura Tokiz˘) go to try to meet him there. Although Tadanobu keeps disappearing, he always appears when Shizuka plays the precious drum that she received from Yoshitsune. In dance Tadanobu recounts episodes from the Genpei war, including the battle in which his brother died.
  • Kawatsura H˘gen Yakata: Yoshitsune (Living National Treasure Onoe Kikugor˘) has taken refuge in the mountains of Yoshino at the mansion of an old ally. Tadanobu (Onoe Kikunosuke) arrives but has no recollection of Shizuka being placed under his care. Shizuka (Nakamura Tokiz˘) herself soon arrives with the other Tadanobu and after an investigation they discover that he is actually a fox (Onoe Kikunosuke). In a touching story, the fox tells how he took on human form to be close to the hand drum which is made from the skins of his fox parents.
  • Source: Earphone Guide website

    Misonoza (Nagoya)
    Dates 1 ~ 23 October 2022
    Band˘ Tamasabur˘ Tokubetsu K˘en
    Band˘ Tamasabur˘ Special Performances
    Program

    K˘j˘

    Honch˘ Nijűshik˘

  • Jusshuk˘
  • Kitsunebi
  • Casting

    Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘, Nakamura Hashinosuke, Nakamura Fukunosuke, Nakamura Utanosuke, Kitamura Rokur˘, Kawai Yukinoj˘

    Comments

    No classic October kaomise programs in Nagoya this year but a special Kabuki program starring Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘.

  • K˘j˘: the close relationship between the actors and the audience is shown by stage announcements, usually lavish ceremonies to commemorate various important events. This month at the Misonoza, it is a stage speech done by Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘.
  • Jusshuk˘: Princess Yaegaki is mourning the death of his fiance Katsuyori, but as she burns incense in his memory, she notices the resemblance between the new gardener and her fiance's portrait. The gardener is in fact Katsuyori, who has entered the household of Yaegaki's father to regain the possession of a stolen family treasure, a famous helmet, with the help of Nureginu, a woman who also mourns for the man that died in the place of the real Katsuyori. Unfortunately, Yaegaki's father has also seen through the disguise and plans to kill Katsuyori. The role of Princess Yaegaki, one of the most important onnagata roles, is played by Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘, supported by Nakamura Hashinosuke, Kawai Yukinoj˘ and Kitamura Rokur˘ in the roles of Katsuyori, Nureginu and Nagao Kenshin.
  • Kitsunebi: magical foxes possess Princess Yaegaki (Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘) to help her stealing a precious helmet, the treasure of the Shingen clan, and to allow her to save the life of her beloved Katsuyori.
  • Sources: Earphone Guide Website or Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

    Sh˘chikuza (ďsaka)
    Dates 3 ~ 25 October 2022
    J HorÔ Kabuki
    J-horror Kabuki
    Program

    Toki o Koe Rinne no Furuido

    Casting

    Kataoka Ainosuke, Nakamura Kazutar˘, Imai Tsubasa

    Comments

    A special program at the Sh˘chikuza starring Kataoka Ainosuke, Nakamura Kazutar˘ and Imai Tsubasa. The newly-created kaidanmono drama, which is entitled "Toki o Koe Rinne no Furuido", is a mix of "Sarayashiki" and the world of Sadako, the ghost in Suzuki K˘ji's J-horror series "Ring".

  • Toki o Koe Rinne no Furuido:
    (Transmigration over the Times through the Old Well)
    The brand new kabuki play named J HorÔ Kabuki (J-horror Kabuki) is performed for the first time in Kabuki history at the Sh˘chikuza in ďsaka. Sadako, a revengeful spirit in the "Ring" series and known worldwide, will make her appearance on a Kabuki stage. The story of Sadako ("Ring") and the Kabuki drama "Sarayashiki" go beyond time and space by way of an old well. The story is first set in the latter half of the Muromachi period. The Ashikaga Shogunate no longer functions effectively as the central government and the country is in turmoil. It is divided between the daimyo of two powerful provincial military clans that are now at war: the Hosokawa clan led by Hosokawa Tomoenosuke (Kataoka Ainosuke) and the Yamana clan led by Yamana S˘zen (Ichikawa Omez˘). Taking advantage of this, Asayama Tessan (Kataoka Ainosuke), the chief retainer of the Hosokawa clan, has the ambition to rule over the whole country. He kills the loyal retainer Funase Sanpei (Nakamura Kangyoku, who celebrates his shűmei in ďsaka!) and Sanpeiĺs fiancÚe Okiku (Nakamura Kazutar˘) who stand in his way and throws them into a well, but he himself is also dragged into the well by a mysterious power. 500 years pass, and now, in modern times, young people are dying from mysterious causes near the same old well. What is common to all the victims is that they watched the same old videotape. Informed of this case, the Shint˘ priest Muroto Mitsuru (Imai Tsubasa) begins to investigate, but ů.
  • Sources: Earphone Guide Website or Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

    Heisei Nakamuraza (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 5 ~ 27 October October 2022
    1st program

    Futatsu Ch˘ch˘ Kuruwa Nikki (Sum˘ba)

    Kiwametsuki Banzui Ch˘bŕ

    2nd program

    Aya no Tsuzumi

    T˘nasuya ~ Fushigi no Kuni no Wakadanna

    Casting

    Nakamura Kankur˘, Nakamura Shichinosuke, Nakamura Senjaku, Nakamura Shid˘, Band˘ Yajűr˘, Kataoka Kamez˘, Band˘ Shingo, Nakamura Tsurumatsu, Nakamura Toranosuke, Nakamura Kantar˘, Nakamura Ch˘zabur˘, Nakamura Kamenoj˘, Sawamura Kuniya, Ogawa Haruki, Arakawa Yoshiyoshi

    Comments

    The Heisei Nakamuraza is back in T˘ky˘ in Asakusa in October and November 2022. Not in the Sumida Park as it used to be but in the precincts of the Sens˘ji Temple (at the back of the main temple hall). This program commemorate the 180th anniversary of the 1842 move of all major Kabuki theaters to the remote district of Saruwaka-ch˘ (Edo).

  • Sum˘ba: "Futatsu Ch˘ch˘" means "two butterflies" and also comes from the fact that two sum˘ wrestlers who play important roles in the full length play have names beginning with "ch˘": Ch˘kichi and Ch˘gor˘. In order to help his master Yamazakiya Yogor˘ (Band˘ Shingo) buy out the contract of the beautiful Azuma (Nakamura Shichinosuke), the senior wrestler Nuregami Ch˘gor˘ throws a match, letting the younger wrestler Hanaregoma Ch˘kichi win, hoping to get his help. But Ch˘kichi loses his temper and the two end up competing in a test of pride. Starring Nakamura Kankur˘ as Ch˘gor˘ and Nakamura Toranosuke as Ch˘kichi.
  • Banzui Ch˘bŕ: in the early Edo period, gallant men like Banzuiin Ch˘bŕ led the commoners. But this incurred the wrath of members of the samurai class, who were theoretically in control. This play begins with a recreation of Kabuki in its earliest days, then a fight breaks out which is settled by Ch˘bŕ (Nakamura Shid˘). But this frustrates the ambitions of the samurai Mizuno (Nakamura Kankur˘) who invites Ch˘bŕ to visit. All of Ch˘bŕ's men tell him not to go because it is a trap, but Ch˘bŕ decides to meet his end and bids farewell to his wife (Nakamura Shichinosuke) and son. Finally, Ch˘bŕ is killed when he is defenseless in the bath. Featuring also Nakamura Senjaku and Kataoka Kamez˘.
  • Aya no Tsuzumi: This is a dance drama by the novelist Ariyoshi Sawako (1931~1984) which will be performed for the first time in 35 years. It dramatically portrays the relationship between Sabur˘ji (Nakamura Toranosuke) and the woman he loves, Hanahime (Nakamura Tsurumatsu) who merely toys with him, as well as that between Sabur˘ji and Akishino (Nakamura Senjaku) who watches over him.
  • T˘nasuya:
    (The Pumpkin Vendor' alias 'Young Master's Adventures in Wonderland')
    This is a brand new Kabuki play written and directed by Kud˘ Kankur˘. It is based on the rakugo story "Tonasuya Seidan" which is set in Asakusa. Disowned by his father for visiting the Yoshiwara pleasure quarters too often, the young master Tokusabur˘ (Nakamura Kankur˘), who is about to throw himself off the Azumabashi Bridge into the Sumida River, will live an adventure interwoven with elements of "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland". Featuring also Nakamura Shichinosuke, Nakamura Senjaku, Nakamura Shid˘, Band˘ Yajűr˘, Kataoka Kamez˘, Nakamura Kamenoj˘, Band˘ Shingo, Nakamura Tsurumatsu and Nakamura Toranosuke.
  • Sources: Earphone Guide Website or Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

    T˘ky˘ Skytree (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 15 October 2022 (H˘n˘ Kabuki)
    Offering Kabuki
    Program

    Sukaitsurţ Tent˘-shiki

    Ens˘ / Tokubetsu Eiz˘ J˘ei

    Sanbas˘

    Casting

    Ichikawa Ebiz˘

    Comments

    This event at the 4th floor of the famous T˘ky˘ Skytree in the Sumida Ward is staged to celebrate the coming shűmei of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ XIII and the hatsubutai of Ichikawa Shinnosuke VIII. The 1st item in the program, Sukaitsurţ Tent˘-shiki, is a lighting ceremony (tent˘-shiki) at Skytree (sukaitsurţ). The 2nd item, Ens˘ / Tokubetsu Eiz˘ J˘ei, is a special video screening (tokubetsu eiz˘ j˘ei) with music (ens˘). The 3rd item is a sanbas˘ dance performed by Ichikawa Ebiz˘. It is an auspicious dance based on the ritual play "Okina", which shows the sanbas˘ as a symbol of fertility and prosperity.

    Naritasan Shinsh˘ji Temple (Narita)
    Dates 22 October 2022 (H˘n˘ Kabuki)
    Offering Kabuki
    Program

    K˘j˘

    Setsugekka Mitsu no Nagame (Nakakuni)

    Casting

    Ichikawa Ebiz˘, Ichikawa Udanji, Nakamura Kotar˘, Ichikawa Kudanji, ďtani Hiromatsu, Horikoshi Kangen, Ichikawa Botan

    Comments

    Outdoors Kabuki performance in the precincts of the famous Naritasan shinsh˘ji Temple which is located in the city of Narita. This program is staged to celebrate the coming shűmei of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ XIII and the hatsubutai of Ichikawa Shinnosuke VIII.

  • Nakakuni: This is a play selected as one of the Shin Kabuki Jűhachiban ('The New Eighteen Favorite Kabuki Plays of the Ichikawa Danjűr˘ Family'). It was revived with a new composition by Ichikawa Ebiz˘ in January 2020 at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘. Though Lady Kog˘ (Nakamura Kotar˘) is loved by Emperor Takakura, she fears the Empress' father Taira no Kiyomori and goes undercover. While she is absent, a period of turmoil ensues caused by famine and epidemic in the capital. Ordered to protect her by the Emperor, Minamoto no Nakakuni (Ichikawa Ebiz˘) sets out for ďhara with the spirits of insects and butterflies in order to pray for an abundant harvest and peace throughout the Empire. Lady Kog˘ awaits him there.
  • Sources: Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

     
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