Play title Karukaya D˘shin Tsukushi no Iezuto  In Japanese
Karukaya D˘shin and the Souvenir of Tsukushi [1]
Common titles ďuchi Yakata  In Japanese
In ďuchi Mansion
Ya Watashi  In Japanese
Handing of the Arrow
Authors Namiki S˘suke
Namiki J˘suke

The play "Karukaya D˘shin Tsukushi no Iezuto" was originally written for the puppet theater (Bunraku) and staged for the first time in the 8th lunar month of 1735 in ďsaka at the Toyotakeza. It was adapted for Kabuki the following year and staged for the first time in the 3rd lunar month of 1736 in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai (unknown casting).

"ďuchi Yakata" is rarely-staged nowadays. During the second half of the 20th century, it was staged in ˘shibai only twice:

Date Theater Casting
1956/11 Kabukiza (T˘ky˘) Nakamura Utaemon VI (Yűshide), Ichikawa Danshir˘ III (ďuchi Yoshihiro), Ichikawa Danz˘ VIII (Kenmotsu) and Ichikawa Ennosuke II (Tatara Shind˘zaemon)
1968/10 Kabukiza (T˘ky˘) Nakamura Shikan VII (Yűshide), Ichikawa Omez˘ V (ďuchi Yoshihiro), Ichikawa Yaoz˘ IX (Kenmotsu) and Jitsukawa Enjaku III (Tatara Shind˘zaemon)

"Karukaya D˘shin Tsukushi no Iezuto" is made up of 5 acts. "ďuchi Yakata" ('in ďuchi Mansion'), also called "Ya Watashi" ('Handing of the Arrow') was the opening scene (kuchi) of the third act.

Key words Bungo
Gidayű Ky˘gen
Ise Jingű
Kat˘ Saemon Shigeuji

ďuchi Yakata

In Kyűshű, ďuchi Yoshihiro, the powerful leader of the ďuchi Clan, has issued a decree to neighboring lords demanding their most prized possessions as a display of allegiance. He has appointed Tatara Shind˘zaemon to oversee the reception of these offerings.

Shind˘zaemon has a daughter, Yűshide, aged 20 and still a virgin. She is an okurago (miko) in the great Shrine of Ise, where only virgin maidens are allowed to serve. When summoned to ďuchi's estate, Yűshide is commanded to become his mistress. Firmly, she refuses, citing the significance of a white-feathered arrow she wears, a symbol of her chastity bestowed by divine ordinance. Despite ďuchi's threats, his wife (midaidokoro) intervenes, promising to persuade Yűshide to comply.

Meanwhile, various daimy˘ like Sue Zengy˘ of Higo, Tomokata Daigaku of Bungo and Kaigetsu Shikibu of Hizen arrive, bearing valuable gifts for ďuchi. Notable exception, Kenmotsu Tar˘ Nobutoshi, a kar˘ representing the daimy˘ Kat˘ Saemon Shigeuji of Chikuzen, has arrived empty-handed. ďuchi, anticipating a prized jewel named Yameishu from Kat˘, grows furious at its absence. Questioning Kenmotsu, he learns the gem's peculiar nature-it retains its splendor only if handled by a 20-year-old virgin. Yűshide, possessing the requisite purity, steps forward, offering to accompany Shind˘zaemon and Kenmotsu to retrieve the jewel from the Kat˘ mansion. Their departure ends the scene.


[1] The title "Karukaya D˘shin and the Souvenir of Tsukushi" came from "A Kabuki reader: history and performance".

Illustration from the ezukushi banzuke for the staging of the drama "Karukaya D˘shin Tsukushi no Iezuto" in the 7th lunar month of 1790 in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai with Ichikawa Danz˘ IV (Tatara Shind˘zaemon), Yoshizawa Iroha I (Tatara Yűshide), Arashi Sanpachi I (ďuchi Yoshihiro), Yoshizawa Goroichi II (ďuchi Yoshihiro's midaidokoro) and Nakayama Taz˘ (Kenmotsu Tar˘ Nobutoshi)

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