A masterpiece of eighteenth-century Japanese puppet theater, Yoshitsune and the Thousand Cherry Trees is an action-packed play set in the aftermath of the twelfth-century Genji-Heike wars. It follows the adventures of the military commander, Yoshitsune, as he tries to avoid capture by his jealous older brother and loyal henchmen. The drama, written by a trio of playwrights, popularizes Japan's martial past for urban Edo audiences. It was banned only once in its long history, for a period after World War II, because occupying American forces feared its nationalizing power.
In this expert translation by Stanleigh H. Jones Jr., readers learn why Yoshitsune and the Thousand Cherry Trees became one of the most influential plays in the repertoires of both kabuki and bunraku puppet theater. He opens with an introduction detailing the historical background, production history, and major features of the bunraku genre, and then pairs his translation of the play with helpful resources for students and scholars. Emphasizing text and performance, Jones's translation underlines not only the play's skillful appropriation of traditional forms but also its brilliant development of dramatic technique.
Thoroughly researched and elegantly written... an excellent text for inclusion in a survey course of Japanese theatre. Asian Theatre Journal A good translation of this magnificent play. Monumenta Nipponica
AcknowledgmentsIntroductionYoshitsune and the Thousand Cherry TreesDramatis PersonaePrologueAct OneScene 1. The Imperial PalaceScene 2. The Hermitage at North Saga VillageScene 3. The Horikawa MansionScene 4. Kawagoe Taro Comes as EnvoyAct TwoScene 1. Before the Fushimi Inari ShrineScene 2. The TokaiyaAct ThreeScene 1. The Pasania TreeScene 2. The Death of KokingoScene 3. The Sushi ShopAct FourScene 1. Michiyuki: The Journey with the DrumScene 2. The Zao HallScene 3. The Conference at the Zao HallScene 4. The Mansion of Kawatsura HogenScene 5. The FoxAct FiveScene 1. In the Mountains of YoshinoBibliography
Series: Translations from the Asian Classics
For Ages: 22+ years old
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 7th October 1993
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2
Weight (kg): 0.51