Dance titles Tenaraiko  In Japanese
Kakitsubata Nanae no Someginu  In Japanese
Authors Masuyama Kinpachi I (lyrics)
Kineya Sh˘jir˘ I (music)
Nishikawa Senz˘ I (choreography)

The dance "Tenaraiko" was first performed by the star Iwai Hanshir˘ IV in the 4th lunar month of 1792 at the Kawarasakiza as part of a seven-role hengemono entitled "Kakitsubata Nanae no Someginu".

Key words Shosagoto

"Tenaraiko" is about a young girl, who is on her way home from her calligraphy lesson. She carries her notebook and a paper umbrella. She is about to grow out of childhood and is lost in thouhts of love. As a little girl, she plays with some butterflies or some strips of papers. As a woman-to-be, she uses the words she wrote today to compose little poems about love. Then, she performs a short section of the famous dance "Musume D˘j˘ji". The last section of this dance is lively, based on a popular song, with the little girl praying the gods to find a good husband. Then, coming out of her fantasy world, she rushes home.

Iwai Kumesabur˘ III performing the dance "Tenaraiko" in the 5th lunar month of 1848 at the Nakamuraza (print made by Utagawa Kuniyoshi)

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