Play title Imay˘ Mochizuki  In Japanese
Mochizuki  In Japanese
Authors Kineya Kangor˘ III (music)
Kawatake Mokuami (lyrics)

Kawatake Mokuami's Nagauta-based matsubamemono "Imay˘ Mochizuki" (commonly called "Mochizuki") was premiered in June 1882 at the Saruwakaza [casting].

Key words Adauchi
Ennosuke Shijűhassen
Kaka Jűkyoku

Shiragiku, the widow of Yasuda no Sh˘ji Tomoharu and her son Hanawaka are travelling all over Japan to seek out Mochizuki no Saemon Akinaga, who has murdered Yasuda Tomoharu and was responsible for the fall of the Yasuda clan in the province of Shinano. One cold winter night, in the city of Moriyama in the province of ďmi, they stop for a rest at the Kabutoya, an inn which is, by chance, managed by Ozawa no Gy˘bu Tomofusa, who is a former servant of Yasuda Tomoharu.

By another trick of fate, Mochizuki Akinaga also seeks shelter at the Kabutoya that same night. The proprietor informs Yasuda's okugata and Hanawaka of the opportunity to take revenge by striking Mochizuki Akinaga. He promises to do his best to help them.

Ozawa Tomofusa's plan is quite simple: he introduces the mother and her son to Mochizuki Akinaga's room, disguised as a goze and her child attendant. Mochizuki Akinaga accepts to be entertained with wines, songs and dances. The highlight is a shishimai dance perform by Ozawa Tomofusa. After a while, Mochizuki Akinaga drowses with pleasure. Seeing him drowsing, Ozawa Tomofusa helps little Hanawaka to avenge his father's death.

This summary would have not been possible without the help of Sekidobashi Sakura!

The actors Ichikawa Sadanji I, Ichikawa Udanji I, Arashi Wasabur˘ III and Iwai Shijaku IV playing the roles of Mochizuki Saemon Akinaga, Ozawa Gy˘bu Tomofusa, Hanawaka and Shiragiku in the matsubamemono "Mochizuki", which was staged in June 1882 at the Saruwakaza (print made by Morikawa Chikashige)

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