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Sumidagawa (隅田川)

Contributed by David Surtasky Sumidagawa (隅田川) a fourth category play by Kanze Jūrō Motomasa There was once a Boatman who ferried people across the Sumidagawa, and on a certain day he was impatient to bring his passengers aboard. A Buddhist … Continue reading

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Miwa (三輪)

Contributed by David Surtasky Miwa (三輪) A fourth category play by an unknown author Many, many years ago there was a monk named Genpin. Now Genpin lived at the base of Mount Miwa, somewhat south of Nara. It was a … Continue reading

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Kanawa (鉄輪)

Contributed by David Surtasky Kanawa (鉄輪) A fourth category play by an unknown author Many, many years ago there was a certain Shinto Priest who attended to the Kibune Shrine. Now this shrine was north of Kyoto, on Mount Kurama, … Continue reading

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Shunkan (俊寛)

Contributed by David Surtasky Shunkan (俊寛) A fourth-category play by an unknown author Quite some time ago there was a great war between the Minamoto and Taira clans. It was a terrible war, and many had suffered because of it. … Continue reading

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Motomezuka (求塚)

Contributed by David Surtasky Motomezuka (求塚) (summary) A fourth category play attributed to Kan’nami As is sometimes the case, a group of Monks traveled from the west, making their way to Kyoto. Drawing their traveling cloaks about them, they went … Continue reading

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Kantan (邯鄲)

Contributed by David Surtasky Kantan (邯鄲) (summary) A fourth category play by an unknown author Once there was a village in China named Kantan. Neither poor nor prosperous, the village had an inn, and the inn had a Mistress. At … Continue reading

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Hanjo (斑女)

Contributed by David Surtasky Hanjo (斑女) [summary] A fourth category play by Kanze Motokiyo Zeami At one time there was a Mistress of an Inn at Nogami in the province of Mino some ways from Kyoto. At her inn she … Continue reading

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Chōbuku Soga (調伏曽我)

(Editor’s note: the below summary is principally derived from “Chōbuku Soga. A Noh Play by Miyamasu,” Laurence Bresler, Monumenta Nipponica , Vol. 29, No. 1 (Spring, 1974), pp. 69-81, Published by: Sophia University.) Contributed by David Surtasky Chōbuku Soga (調伏曽我) (summary) … Continue reading

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Koi no Omoni (恋重荷)

(Editor’s note: the below is principally derived from “The No Plays: Koi no Omoni and Yuya,” P. G. O’Neill, Monumenta Nipponica , Vol. 10, No. 1/2 (1954), pp. 203-226, Published by: Sophia University.) Contributed by David Surtasky Koi no Omoni … Continue reading

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Kinuta (砧)

[Editor’s note: in Eileen Katō’s forward to her translation of Kinuta (Monumenta Nipponica, Vol. 32, No. 3 (Autumn, 1977), pp. 332-346) she quotes Zeami as saying of this work:  Once on a quiet night, while listening to the music of … Continue reading

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