Igagoe Dochu Sugoroku (Numazu)

伊賀越道中双六~沼津

Igagoe Dochu Sugoroku (Numazu)

Overview

by Mizuochi Kiyoshi
Title

Igagoe Dochu Sugoroku (Numazu)

Writer Chikamatsu Hanji and Chikamatsu Kasaku
Premiere

Bunraku: April 1783, Osaka
Kabuki: September 1783, Osaka

Overview

The full ten-act puppet play was the final work of Chikamatsu Hanji, the last of the great puppet playwrights. It is based on one of Japan’s three great vendettas, the Revenge at Iga Ueno (or Duel at Kagiya Tsuji) of 1634. The story tracks the Tokaido Highway, as in the popular board game of “sugoroku”, from Kamakura to the vendetta spot in Kyoto’s Fushimi district. The play was a reworking of the Kabuki piece Igagoe Norikake Kappa of 1776. It describes the events in the Uesugi family when a famed sword instructor Wada Yukie is killed by his colleague Sawai Matagoro in a dispute over a treasured sword. Yukie’s son and son-in-law finally manage to kill the enemy after bringing death and difficulties to many others. The main story tells of the struggles to achieve the vendetta at the expense of the compassion for spouse, child and sibling. “Numazu” is a side story.

 

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[from left]Heisaku(Nakamura Karoku)、Jubei(Nakamura Kichiemon) September 2010 Shinbashi Enbujo Theatre

 

●publication date September 2015