Play title Kanadehon Chűshingura  In Japanese
Common title Futatsudama  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˘

Previous scene: "Tepp˘ Watashi"

Act V, Scene 2: Futatsudama
Two Bullets

The same night, Yoichibŕ, who is father of Okaru, is resting by the roadside on his way from the district of Gion in Ky˘to. Gion is a well known as a red-light district. He made arrangements to sell his daughter Okaru as a geisha there. Kanpei needed money in order to become a member of the vendetta of his lord, and Okaru knew it. But Okaru also knew that her parents have no fund. So she asked her father Yoichibŕ to sell herself to Gion. Yoichibŕ thought that there was no choice, and he has done it. Yoichibŕ received 50 ry˘, half the price of his daughter service. He takes out his purse. Suddenly the highway thief Sadakur˘, who was hiding behind Yoichibŕ, in the bamboo frames holding the bundles of drying rice-ears, robs it and kills the old man with his sword.

Sadakur˘, a son of Ono Kudayű, who was also a retainer of lord En'ya, is well known as a bad guy. After having killed Yoichibŕ, a wild boar rushes toward Sadakur˘. Two shots ring out, and they hit Sadakur˘ instead of the wild boar. Kanpei comes here, and he finds that he has killed a man. Kanpei is very surprised and he finds a purse. There are 50 ry˘ in it, and he needs the same amount of money. Kanpei takes the purse, and runs away. Everything happened in utter darkness, and Kanpei does not know whom he has killed.

This summary has been written by Sekidobashi Sakura (October 2002) and edited by Sh˘riya Aragor˘

Next scene: "Kanpei Harakiri"

The actors Kataoka Gad˘ II and Band˘ Hikosabur˘ IV playing the roles of Hayano Kanpei and Ono no Sadakur˘ in the fifth act of "Kanadehon Chűshingura", which was staged in the 5th lunar month of 1854 at the Nakamuraza (print made by Utagawa Toyokuni III)

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