Play title Kanadehon Chűshingura  In Japanese
Authors Takeda Izumo II
Miyoshi Sh˘raku
Namiki Senryű I

The play "Kanadehon Chűshingura" was originally written for the puppet theater (Bunraku) and staged for the first time in the 8th lunar month of 1748 in ďsaka at the Takemotoza. It was adapted for Kabuki the same year and staged for the first time in the 12th lunar month of 1748 in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai [casting]. The fifth and sixth acts acts were performed with the actors Arashi Sanjűr˘ II and Yoshida Manshir˘ in the roles of Hayano Kanpei and Okaru.


The "Tepp˘ Watashi", "Futatsudama" and "Kanpei Harakiri scenes, which are nowadays frequently performed (independently or as part of a t˘shi ky˘gen), are the fifth ("Tepp˘ Watashi", "Futatsudama") and sixth ("Kanpei Harakiri) act of "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

Key words Adauchi
Gidayű Ky˘gen
Senzaki Yagor˘

Act V


Act VI

The actors Onoe Kikugor˘ V (top; 1st from left), Kawarasaki Gonnosuke VII (top; 2nd from left), Ichikawa Kuz˘ III (top; 1st from right), Kawarasaki Gonnosuke VII (bottom; 1st from left), Onoe Kikugor˘ V (bottom; center) and ďtani Hiroji V (bottom; 1st from right) playing the roles of Hayano Kanpei, Senzaki Yagor˘, Sadakur˘, Senzaki Yagor˘, Hayano Kanpei and Fuwa Kazuemon in the fifth and sixth acts of "Kanadehon Chűshingura", which was staged in the 8th lunar month of 1870 at the Ichimuraza and the Nakamuraza (print made by Utagawa Kunisada II)

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