Play title Hana no Ueno Homare no Ishibumi  In Japanese
Authors Shiba Shis˘
Tsutsui Hanpei
Tank˘ Taz˘
Tamaki Fudeji

The puppet theater drama "Hana no Ueno Homare no Ishibumi" was premiered in the 8th lunar month of 1788 in Edo at the Hizenza. It was adapted to Kabuki in 1812 and was staged at the Takeda no Shibai. It was regularly staged in miyaji shibai or hama shibai in Kamigata but its premiered in ˘shibai occured not in ďsaka or Ky˘to but in Edo, in the 6th lunar month of 1817 at the Kiriza with a troupe led by Suketakaya Takasuke II and mostly Kamigata, including Band˘ Jűtar˘ who produced it in 1812 at the Takeda no Shibai [more details].

"Shidodera" is rarely produced on Kabuki stages; from the end of World War II to the end of the twentieth century, we've found only 4 records of performances in ˘shibai between 1952 and 1995:

Date Theater Casting
1995/11 National Theatre (T˘ky˘) Nakamura Shikan VII (the uba Otsuji), Nakamura Hashinosuke III (Tsuchiya Naiki), Kawarasaki Gonjűr˘ III (Moriguchi Gentazaemon), Nakamura Fukusuke IX (Tsuchiya Naiki's wife Suganoya) and Nakamura Baishi IV (Tamiya Genpachi's son Tamiya B˘tar˘)
1994/04 Kanamaruza (Kotohira) Nakamura Shikan VII (the uba Otsuji), Sawamura T˘jűr˘ II (Tsuchiya Naiki), Ichikawa Sadanji IV (Moriguchi Gentazaemon) and Nakamura Fukusuke IX (Tsuchiya Naiki's wife Suganoya)
1964/05 Kabukiza (T˘ky˘) Nakamura Utaemon VI (the uba Otsuji), Ichimura Uzaemon XVII (Tsuchiya Naiki), Kataoka Nizaemon XIII (Moriguchi Gentazaemon), Nakamura Fukusuke VII (Tsuchiya Naiki's wife Suganoya) and Nakamura Kankur˘ V (Tamiya Genpachi's son Tamiya B˘tar˘)
1952/01 Kabukiza (T˘ky˘) Nakamura Tokiz˘ III (the uba Otsuji), Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VII (Tsuchiya Naiki), Ichikawa Ennosuke II (Moriguchi Gentazaemon), Sawamura Tossh˘ IV (Tsuchiya Naiki's wife Suganoya) and Nakamura Mannosuke (Tamiya Genpachi's son Tamiya B˘tar˘)

The original puppet drama was in 10 acts. Only one act has survived, the 4th act, which was commonly called "Shidodera" or "Shid˘dera" ('at the Shidodera Temple').

Key words Gidayű Ky˘gen

The actors Sawamura S˘nosuke II (left), Onoe Baik˘ VI (center) and Nakamura Shikaku II (right) playing the roles of the Tamiya Genpachi's son Tamiya B˘tar˘, the uba Otsuji and Tsuchiya Naiki's wife Suganoya in the drama "Hana no Ueno Homare no Ishibumi", which was staged in April 1929 at the Imperial Theater

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