Dance titles Tonbi Yakko  In Japanese
Manete Mimasu Shiki no Wazaogi  In Japanese
Authors Kineya Rokusabur˘ (music)
Fujima Kanjűr˘ II (choreography)

The actor Ichikawa Danjűr˘ 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".

Key words Nagauta

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 Buy˘

Ichikawa Danjűr˘ 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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