Play title Kanadehon Chűshingura  In Japanese
Common titles Hana Kenj˘  In Japanese
Flower Offering
Hanakago  In Japanese
Flower Basket
Hanakago Kenj˘  In Japanese
Basket Flower Offering
Yodanme  In Japanese
The Fourth Act
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 first scene of the fourth act of "Kanadehon Chűshingura" was staged 6 times between 1948 and 2016, with 5 productions between 1948 and 1950!

Date Theater
2016/10 National Theatre (T˘ky˘)
1950/11 ďsaka Kabukiza (ďsaka)
1949/01 Minamiza (Ky˘to)
1948/10 ďsaka Kabukiza (ďsaka)
1948/09 Misonoza (Nagoya)
1948/02 Minamiza (Ky˘to)

The "Yodanme" act, the fourth act of "Kanadehon Chűshingura", is made up of 3 scenes commonly called "Hana Kenj˘" (literally 'Flower Offering'), "Hangan Seppuku" (literally 'Hangan's Ritual Suicide') and "Shiro Akewatashi" (literally 'Vacating the Castle'). Scene 2 and 3 are always performed for a t˘shi ky˘gen production of this drama and are never staged independently. Scene 1 is still in the repertoire but it is rarely-staged nowadays. It is a very short scene: it lasted 9 minutes when it was staged in October 2016 at the National Theatre.

Key words Adauchi
Gidayű Ky˘gen
Gishi Ky˘gen
Hana Kenj˘
Kabuki Sandai Meisaku Ky˘gen

Previous scene: "Uramon"

Act IV, scene 1: Hana Kenj˘
Flower Offering

While En'ya Hangan remains confined to his mansion (kamiyashiki) in ďgi-ga-Yatsu, his wife Kaoyo Gozen and her ladies-in-waiting (koshimoto) gather an impressive basket of double cherry blossoms (yaezakura) to offer comfort to him. ďboshi Rikiya, the son of the chief retainer ďboshi Yuranosuke, diligently stands by, awaiting Yuranosuke's expected arrival from their hometown. As news of official emissaries dispatched by the Shogunate reaches them, they swiftly prepare to receive them.

Next scene: "Hangan Seppuku"

The "Hanakago Kenj˘" scene of the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura" in a print made by Utagawa Hiroshige I

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