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Shizuka (静御前)

Reflection on Funa-benkei Salt air and tears mingled with the flowing 淀川 as Shizuka danced. There was a time when she had danced for rain. Now in this dry season – autumn leaves crumpled, scattered broken like pages of a … Continue reading

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Funa-Benkei (船弁慶)

Contributed by David Surtasky Funa-Benkei  船弁慶 (summary) A fourth category play, attributed to Kanze Kojirō Nobumitsu Minamoto no Yoshitsune has gathered together his retainers, and prepares to leave Kyoto and go into self-imposed exile.  Along with his friend and loyal servant, … Continue reading


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