Dance titles Ukare B˘zu  In Japanese
Shichimai Tsuzuki Hana no Sugatae  In Japanese
Authors Sakurada Jisuke II (lyrics)
Kishizawa Koshikibu III (Tokiwazu music)
Kiyomoto Enjudayű V (Kiyomoto music)
Fujima Kanjűr˘ I (choreography)

The actor Band˘ Mitsugor˘ III performed in the 3rd lunar month of 1821 at the Ichimuraza a 7-role hengemono, which was entitled "Shichimai Tsuzuki Hana no Sugatae". One of these seven roles was a bonze look-alike beggar, telling humorous stories for alms. This comical dance was revived by the star Onoe Kikugor˘ VI in June 1929 at the Kabukiza. He used a different musical accompaniment, written by Kiyomoto Enjudayű V.

Key words Shosagoto

The comic dance "Ukare B˘zu" is about a beggar priest. Apparently such priests were a common sight in Edo, collecting alms ostensibly to offer prayers for the donor, or pouring water over themselves as an oblation in place of another, who paid them to do it, but in time the priests became merely story-tellers. We are told that the contributions this miscreant priest has collected are going toward building a temple of sex and sake. He mimes his various shady escapades, switching from character to character in a series of comic routines.

Courtesy of Jean Wilson (1999)

Band˘ Mitsugor˘ III playing the role of a depraved priest in the dance "Shichimai Tsuzuki Hana no Sugatae", which was staged in the 3rd lunar month of 1811 at the Ichimuraza (prints made by Utagawa Toyokuni I)

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