Dance title Shôfudatsuki Kongen Kusazuri  In Japanese
Authors Kineya Rokusaburô IV (music)
Fujima Taisuke (choreography)

The Nagauta-based dance-drama "Shôfudatsuki Kongen Kusazuri" was premiered in the 1st lunar month of 1814 at the Moritaza, starring Ichikawa Danjûrô VII and Ichikawa Omezô I in the roles of Soga Gorô Tokimune and Kobayashi no Asahina.

Key words Shosagoto

The armour-pulling scene (kusazuribiki) is a famous sogamono, a dance related to the tales of the Soga brothers, Soga Gorô Tokimune and Soga Jûrô Sukenari, who plan to take revenge on their father’s murderer, the evil Kudô Saemon Suketsune. The hot-blooded Gorô, believing his brother to be in mortal danger, rushes out from hiding to his defense, only to be held back by the legendary warrior Kobayashi no Asahina, who pulls the lappets of Gorô's armor to stop the impetuous young man. Asaina's costume usually bears the mon of a crane in a circle while Gorô's costume bears the Soga butterfly mon. A contest of strength ensues and the armor is torn in two pieces.


Asaina is sometimes replaced by Maizuru, a female role, when the stage partner of the actor playing the role of Gorô is an onnagata.

The actors Ichikawa Kodanji V and Ichikawa Sadanji I playing the roles of Kobayashi no Asahina and Soga Gorô Tokimune in the dance-drama "Shôfudatsuki Kongen Kusazuri", which was staged in January 1901 at the Meijiza (print made by Kôchôrô Hôsai)

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