|Dance titles||Tonbi Yakko
Manete Mimasu Shiki no Wazaogi
|Authors||Kineya Rokusaburô (music)
Fujima Kanjûrô II (choreography)
The actor Ichikawa Danjûrô VII performed in the 5th lunar month of 1814 at the Ichimuraza a 12-role hengemono, which was entitled "Manete Mimasu Shiki no Wazaogi", one role of each month of the year. One of these twelve roles, the role for the 4th month, a yakko, survived and became the dance "Tonbi Yakko".
A yakko is sent out on an errand to buy the first bonito of the year for the household. On the way back to the mansion, the bonito is swiped by a kite (tonbi). The highlight of this dance are the cute gestures of the yakko as he goes after the bird in hopes of retrieving his fish.
Source: Nihon Buyô
Ichikawa Danjûrô VII in 2 of the 12 roles of the hengemono "Manete Mimasu Shiki no Wazaogi", which was staged in the 5th lunar month of 1814 at the Ichimuraza (the role in the bottom/right is the yakko)
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