Play title Kanadehon Chűshingura  In Japanese
Common title Nidanme  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 "Nidanme" act (2nd act) was performed with the actors Kataoka Nizaemon IV and Yamamoto Koheiji in the roles of Kakogawa Honz˘ and Momonoi Wakasanosuke.


The "Nidanme" act, the second act of "Kanadehon Chűshingura", is made up of 2 scenes commonly called "Rikiya J˘shi" (literally "the Emissary Rikiya") and "Matsukiri" (literally "the Cutting of the Pine Branch"). This act is most of the times omitted for a t˘shi ky˘gen production of this drama.

Key words Gidayű Ky˘gen

Act II, Scene 1: Rikiya J˘shi
The Emissary Rikiya


Act II, Scene 2: Matsukiri
The Cutting of the Pine Branch

The actors Nakamura Jakuemon I (1st from left), Ichikawa Takijűr˘ II (second from left), Jitsukawa Enzabur˘ II (center), Kataoka Gat˘ II (second from right) and Nakamura Sennosuke (1st from right) playing the roles of Kakogawa Honz˘, Momonoi Wakasanosuke, Konami, ďboshi Rikiya and Tonase in the second act of the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura" (mitate-e made by Nakai Yoshitaki in 1865)

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