Play title Shin Sarayashiki Tsuki no Amagasa  In Japanese
Moonlit Umbrella at the Dish Palace, New Version*
Authors Kawatake Mokuami

The play "Shin Sarayashiki Tsuki no Amagasa" was premiered in May 1883 at the Ichimuraza [casting].


"Shin Sarayashiki Tsuki no Amagasa" was originally in 3 acts. It can be divided into two different parts, "Otsuta Goroshi" (the Murder of Otsuta) and "Sakanaya S˘gor˘" (S˘gor˘ the fish seller).

Key words Sewamono

Otsuta Goroshi
The Murder of Otsuta

Otsuta comes from a commoner family, but the daimy˘ Isobe Kazunosuke has fallen in love with her and made her his mistress. Unfortunately, she has become the object of lust of the retainer Tenz˘, who is plotting together with his brother to take over the clan. When Otsuta refuses Tenz˘ĺs advances, he takes advantage of the situation by claiming that she is having an affair with a young samurai in the mansion. When the lord hears this he is furious and kills her.

Sakanaya S˘gor˘
S˘gor˘ the fish seller

S˘gor˘, a fish seller, has taken a vow to not drink, but when he learns about the unjust murder of his sister Otsuta at the hands of the daimy˘ Isobe Kazunosuke, a death that they were told was execution for her wrongdoing, he starts to drink again. Drunk, he storms into the lord's mansion to seek an apology.

Source: Earphone Guide website

(*) the title "Moonlit Umbrella at the Dish Palace, New Version" comes from the 4th volume of "Kabuki Plays On Stage".

The cover of the t˘shi ky˘gen production of "Shin Sarayashiki Tsuki no Amagasa" at the National Theatre

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