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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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Vengeance at Iga Pass

Vengeance at Iga Pass

(p.76) 3 Vengeance at Iga Pass
The Bunraku Puppet Theatre of Japan

Stanleigh H. Jones

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter presents the translation of Vengeance at Iga Pass (Igagoe Dōchū Sugoroku), a ten-act play written for the puppet theatre. The play was first performed at the Takemoto Ichiza Theatre in Osaka on May 26, 1783. It is based on the vendetta that came to its bloody conclusion toward the end of 1634 in the town of Ueno near Iga Pass, about twenty-five miles southeast of Kyoto. The historical incident that had led to the vendetta centered on the murder of a brother. Rarely is the complete drama produced today, though certain of the more popular acts are performed often both independently and in sequence.

Keywords:   puppet plays, Japanese puppet theater, vendetta, vengeance

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