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A Beggar's ArtScripting Modernity in Japanese Drama, 1900-1930$
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M. Cody Poulton

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780824833411

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824833411.001.0001

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Kubota Mantarō

Kubota Mantarō

Brief Night

(p.153) Kubota Mantarō
A Beggar's Art

M. Cody Poulton

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter contains a translation of Brief Night, one of Kubota Mantarō's many dramas in the turbulent years between the tail end of the Meiji era and Japan's postwar reconstruction. Called “the poet of Asakusa” for his delicate portrayals of the common people of his native Tokyo neighborhood, Kubota's dramas are essentially elegies to a way of life that even in the Taishō era was on its way out. Brief Night is typical of his plays—in a nutshell, it is the portrait of a pampered son (Isaburō) of a now deceased shopkeeper; the young man's poor judgment and taste for the bottle bring about the ruin of his house. The drama focuses on the negotiated breakup of Isaburō's marriage to Ofusa.

Keywords:   Brief Night, Kubota Mantarō, Tokyo, modern Japanese drama, working-class people

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