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The Bunraku Puppet Theatre of JapanHonor, Vengeance, and Love in Four Plays of the 18th and 19th Centuries$
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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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Mount Imo and Mount Se

Mount Imo and Mount Se

Precepts for Women

(p.47) 2 Mount Imo and Mount Se
The Bunraku Puppet Theatre of Japan

Stanleigh H. Jones

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter presents the translation of Mount Imo and Mount Se: Precepts for Women (Imoseyama Onna Teikin), one of the day-long jidaimono history dramas for which the Bunraku and Kabuki theatres are noted. It was written originally for the puppets and first performed on the twenty-eighth day of the First (lunar) Month of 1771 at the Takemoto-za in Osaka. Today, the play is occasionally mounted in all or most of its five acts with their numerous scenes, but it is best known for the often performed scene known simply as “The Mountains” (Yama No Dan) that concludes act 3.

Keywords:   Bunraku theatre, Kabuki theatre, puppet plays, Japanese puppet theater, history drama, The Mountains

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