Play title Kanadehon Chűshingura  In Japanese
Common title Sandanme  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 "Sandanme" act (third act) was performed with the actors Ichimura Mihoemon, Yamamoto Koheiji and Ichinokawa Hikoshir˘ II in the roles of Moron˘, Momonoi Wakasanosuke and Hen'ya Hangan.


The "Sandanme" act, the third act of "Kanadehon Chűshingura", is made up of three scenes commonly called "Shinmotsu" (literally "Presenting the Bribes"), "Ninj˘" (literally "The Attack") and "Uramon" (literally "At the Back Gate"). Scene 1 and 2 are always performed for a t˘shi ky˘gen production of this drama and are never staged independently of the others acts. The "Uramon" scene, which is about the couple Kanpei/Okaru, is usually omitted (except for some t˘shi ky˘gen performances in the Kamigata style) and replaced by the michiyuki "Ochiudo".

Key words Gidayű Ky˘gen

Act III, Scene 1: Shinmotsu
Presenting the Bribes


Act III, Scene 2: Ninj˘
The Attack


Act III, Scene 3: Uramon
At the Back Gate

The actors Ichimura Kakitsu IV (1st from left), Ichikawa Kodanji IV (second from left), Seki Sanjűr˘ III (third from left), Nakamura Nakasuke II (third from right), Jitsukawa Enjaku I (second from right) and ďtani Tomomatsu (1st from right) playing the roles of En'ya Hangan, K˘ no Moron˘, Kakogawa Honz˘, Sagisaka Bannai, Hayano Kanpei and Okaru in the second act of the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura" (mitate-e made by Nakai Yoshitaki in 1865)

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