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Series: The Meiji period (明治時代, Meiji-jidai)
Restoration: 1868 -1912

Category: Women Samurai

Accession Number: Yoshiiku: Soga Moyo Tateshino Goshozone

This play was first performed at the Ichimura-za theater in Edo in 1864 and was written by Kawatake Mokuami. This play takes routines from the earliest days of kabuki, but the sections that are left show the retainers and ladies-in-waiting to the main characters as they have left the samurai world. Gosho no Gorozo was once a samurai retainer, but he was expelled for a relationship with the lady-in-waiting Satsuki. Now he is an otokodate (chivalrous commoner) gang leader and Satsuki has become a courtesan in the Yoshiwara. Meanwhile, Hoshikage Doemon, a rival for Satsuki's affections in the samurai clan, has also become the leader of a rival gang. The two confront each other in a stately scene full of poetic speeches, but before the fight breaks out, it is stopped. This is another old routing in kabuki.




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