Tag Archives: third category play

Yuya (熊野)

Contributed by David Surtasky Yuya (熊野) a third category play by an unknown author Quite some time ago in Kyoto lived a samurai named Taira no Munemori. Part of the Heike clan, he was considered powerful and important by many … Continue reading

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Tōboku (東北)

Contributed by David Surtasky Tōboku (東北) A third-category play, attributed to Zeami Once, many years ago, a Monk and his attendants decided to travel all the way to Kyoto from the East. It was early spring, and still just a … Continue reading

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Kochō (胡蝶)

Contributed by David Surtasky Dedicated to Jean Ann Wertz of the Zen Mountain Monestary, Mt. Tremperer, NY Kochō (胡蝶) (summary) A third category play by Kanze Nobumitsu One early spring a Monk from the mountains of Yoshino was making his … Continue reading

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Sōshi-arai Komachi [草紙洗(小町)]

Contributed by David Surtasky Sōshi-arai Komachi [草紙洗(小町)] A third category play by an unknown author. Many years ago in Miyako there was a courtier named Ōtomo no Kuronushi. He was renowned for his poetry, and had been called to participate … Continue reading

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Futari Shizuka (二人静)

(Editor’s note: the below summary is principally derived from “The Two Shizukas. Zemai’s Futari Shizuka”, Jacqueline Mueller, Monumenta Nipponica, Vol. 36, No. 3 (Autumn, 1981), pp. 285-298, Published by Sophia University.) Contributed by David Surtasky Futari Shizuka (二人静) (summary) A … Continue reading

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Yōkihi (楊貴妃)

Contributed by David Surtasky Yōkihi (楊貴妃) (summary) A third category play by Komparu Zenchiku Far away in China there was at one point a Daoist Sorcerer in the service of the Emperor Gensō. His master was a just and good … Continue reading

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Nonomiya (野宮)

Contributed by David Surtasky Nonomiya (野宮) (summary) A third category play by an unknown author One autumn a Monk was visiting some famous sites in Kyoto. After seeing and enjoying the many shrines and temples there, he went to see … Continue reading

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Hashitomi (半蔀)

Contributed by David Surtasky Hashitomi (半蔀)  A third category play (attributed to Naitō Saemon) One summer many years ago a Monk from Unrin-in Temple in Miyako was undergoing his ascetic training. Each day he offered flowers to the Buddha. As … Continue reading

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Hagoromo (羽衣)

Contributed by David Surtasky Hagoromo (羽衣) (summary)  A third category play attributed to Zeami  On a clear spring morning, after a night of passing rain, the fisherman Hakuryō and his companions traveled over the mountains and made their way to … Continue reading

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Matsukaze (松風)

Contributed by David Surtasky Matsukaze (summary)  A third category play, attributed to Kan’ami (revised by Zeami) A Buddhist priest once traveled through the provinces, and made a stop in Kyoto where he visited many famous temples and aged ruins and … Continue reading

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