Monday, March 9, 2015

Sukeroku's Shakuhachi

The plot of the famous Kabuki play Sukeroku revolves around the hero's attempts to recover a stolen heirloom sword by picking fights with samurai in the pleasure quarters in order to see what kind of sword they draw.  Premiered in 1713, a favorite stagecraft continuing from the Edo period.  Original titled The Flower Mansion & the Protective Cherry Tree (Hana Yakata Aigozakura)