Chushingura, the Treasury of Loyal Retainers: A Puppet Play Summary & Study Guide includes detailed chapter summaries and analysis, quotes, character. Chūshingura (The Treasury of Loyal Retainers) has ratings and 24 reviews. Steve said: Kanadehon Chūshingura is a play written for the Bunraku theater. Chūshingura: (The Treasury of Loyal Retainers) by Takeda, Izumo et. al.; 10 editions; First published in ; Subjects: Forty-seven Rōnin.

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Refresh and try again. Articles containing Japanese-language text Commons category link is on Wikidata. I’m going to see this as a kabuki in March. They then turned themselves in to the authorities, and were sentenced to commit seppukuwhich they all did on the same day that year. I liked this so much more than I thought I would. Written around as a puppet play, it is now better know in Kabuki performances.

The play was written by three different playwrights, which is why some of the characters personalities change drastically throug I do not want to give too much of the plot away, since the play is very short and proves to be a very quick read. It is very strange and just seems really foreign without a lot of context.

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Emotions are also expressed through the colours of the costumes, a key element in kabuki. Get Chushingura, the Treasury of Loyal Retainers: Feb 01, Ian Miller rated it really liked it. The original puppet and Kabuki scripts of Act II are similar and the story is as follows —.

He must kill himself on two upturned tatami mats which are covered with a white cloth and have small vases of anise placed at the four chsuhingura. Honzo, who was lurking nearby, throws off his disguise. Where is this book available online?

All the more amazing when one considers this play was written for puppets–yet not the puppets we imagine from our Sesame Street childhoods; chushingua you are serious about reading the play, take some time to study the theatrical aspects of the puppetry. They wanted a ferocious morale booster based upon the familiar rekishi geki “historical drama” of “The Loyal 47 Ronin”.

Jan 20, Kaila rated it liked it Shelves: As punishment, the shogun demands that Lord Hangan commit seppuku. Tonase encourages her daughter, telling her of the happiness to come once she is wed. At that moment, from a Noh play being performed in the castle wafts over to the pair the line “I approach the base of the pine and rub the trunk Nor were they in the least prudish about violence – the many forms of violent death are described in great detail by the narrator.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Yuranosuke is forced to accept. A Puppet Play by Izumo Takeda. The introduction also elucidates the idea of loyalty.

Important canon text, but not a play I especially enjoy. Based on actual events, it’s simultaneously an action movie and a period piece, and Keene’s footnotes are actually interesting. Follow Us on Facebook. The couple are waylaid by the comical Sagisaki Bannai and his foolish men.

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So happy to have finally found a copy of this play. Hangan is left to despatch himself by cutting his own jugular vein. I stayed completely enthralled, but then again, I have been studying Japanese literature all quarter and had read the play, so I knew what was happening.

The samurai believed in their duty to their master to the point that they would commit seppuku if they felt that they had disgraced their master in any way.

Mar 01, Emma rated it really liked it Shelves: Aug 11, Jessica Barkl rated it it was amazing. Read more from the Study Guide.

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Rikiya seriously wounds Honzo. This play is, in short, fantastic.

The multiple authorship of this play, cushingura which, according to experts, different authors wrote different acts, led to a recognized unevenness in quality among the acts, as well as inconsistencies in the characters, resulting in one particular character being treasyry by one actor early in the play and by another at the end!

In some texts the 47th ronin dies before the final attack for some reason or another. The title means ” Kana practice book Treasury of the loyal retainers”.


Fun to read, and I found it quite hilarious as well because everyone is wayyyyy over dramatic and jumping at the chance to kill themselves over petty things. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

While only a peripheral part of the story, these two scenes are very popular because of their fine staging and dramatic action. In despair, Tonase and Konami decide to take their own lives. The Shogun then went further, confiscating the lord’s properties and xhushingura out all his family and retainers.