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Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780824835620

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824835620.001.0001

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The Genji Vanguard in Ōmi Province

The Genji Vanguard in Ōmi Province

(p.10) 1 The Genji Vanguard in Ōmi Province
The Bunraku Puppet Theatre of Japan

Stanleigh H. Jones

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter presents the translation of one of the great history-based plays (jidaimono), The Genji Vanguard in Ōmi Province (Ōmi Genji Senjin Yakata), which came to the stage of the Takemoto puppet theatre on Osaka on the ninth day of the Twelfth Month of 1769.1 It was so well received by audiences that it was adapted to Kabuki less than six months later. The play continued to be performed occasionally in its full nine acts up through 1830, but since that time it has come to survive on stage principally in the form of act 8, “Moritsuna's Camp” (Moritsuna Jinya).

Keywords:   puppet plays, Japanese puppet theater, history-based plays, Takemoto, Kabuki theater, Moritsuna's Camp

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