Chushingura (The treasury of loyal retainers) / a puppet play by Takeda Izumo, Miyoshi Shoraku, and Namiki Senryu. Translated by Donald Keene Takeda. A Puppet Play. Translated by Donald Keene. Columbia University Press. Chushingura (The Treasury of Loyal Retainers). Google Preview. Pub Date: April Chushingura. (The treasury of loyal retainers): a puppet play by Takeda Izumo, Miyoshi. Shoraku and Namiki Senryu. (UNESCO Collection of Representa-.

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One man at the side of the stage, the Tayu, accompanied by a samisen player, recites all the parts as well as his part of narrator. The old rules of deep loyalty to their master were still important aa a new system was becoming stronger: Kelley rated it really liked it Jan 05, Books by Izumo Takeda.

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The play does an amazing job showing the devotion of samurai to their code of ethics and to their masters. Bret rated it really liked it May 14, An interesting aspect of this Definitely a Japanese classic.

One of the retainers was not present and should have been, and his humiliation, and that of his wife, The Treasury of Loyal Retainers, or the revenge of the 47 ronin, is one of the most popular kabuki plays and familiar stories in Japanese history. Donald Keene here presents a complete translation of the original text, with notes and an introduction that increase the reader’s comprehension retainres enjoyment of the play.

It is exciting and well paced. Based on actual events, it’s simultaneously an action movie and a period piece, and Keene’s footnotes are actually interesting. Jan 20, Kaila rated it liked it Shelves: Chushingura, the Treasury of Loyal Retainers: Get Chushingura, the Treasury of Loyal Retainers: Jan 12, Sara rated it it was amazing.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I stayed completely enthralled, but then again, I have been studying Japanese literature all quarter and had read the play, so I knew what was happening. Follow Us phppet Facebook. As it stood, it was still a 3 hour play.


Kampei, now a penniless ronin, hopes to raise enough money to find justice for his fallen lord. Keene provides an excellent introduction and footnotes to help the lay reader with orientation and context. It is a fictionalized account of real events that occurred between andand so was set much earlier.

Chūshingura (The Treasury of Loyal Retainers): A Puppet Play by Izumo Takeda

Later, at retainer consecration, Wakasanosuke’s plans to assassinate Moronao are foiled when Moronao unexpectedly apologizes.

The samurai stage a police raid on Gihei’s establishment. A little introduction, as well as excerpts from a performance, can be seen here: Browse all BookRags Study Guides.

Oishi refuses to see the two wed, citing that she will not allow Rikiya to marry the daughter of Honzo, the man who restrained Lord Hangan. Refresh and try again. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Quaid Khan rated it liked it Oct 25, In some texts the 47th ronin dies before the final attack for some reason or another.

The narrator’s role is to describe the action and setting in lieu of stage directions in nearly the same manner as the narrator of an occidental novel. Though I appreciated Shunsui’s portrayal of mid-Tokugawa society, going well beyond the tale retainer the 47 ronin, this play is less sentimental and less repetitive than his novel The Loyal Ronins.

Which, of course, they did. A modern Western reader needs to make very little adjustment in their literary expectations when undertaking this text.

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The play is set some centuries earlier but still depicts how intensely the action was discussed by then as the Tokugawa period was a time of change, peaceful and for the samurai then hard to find a place to fit in. It is interesting to read a play that comes from not only a completely different value system, but also a completely different theatrical tradition.


One chushhingura that was tough about reading this was keeping track of the names. All the more amazing when one considers this play was written for puppets–yet not the puppets we imagine from our Sesame Street childhoods; if you are serious about reading the play, take some time to study the theatrical aspects of the puppetry. I stayed completely enthralled, but then again, I have been studying Japanese literature treasiry quarter and had read the pla I’m going to see this as a kabuki in March.

The story is relatively straightforward – a crime and affront to the honor of the master of the ronin is committed, and each plots revenge.

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After deliberating for some time and calling in the advice of leading philosophers! Anna rated it liked it Nov 16, Written around as a puppet play, it is now better know in Kabuki performances. Before he actually dies, however, Kampei is exonerated of his crime and honorably added to the “league” of samurai who will seek vengeance against Moronao.

Where is this book available online? Nevertheless, a fantastic example of 18th century tragic drama, and a cornerstone of popular Japanese chushinguar. At the consecration, Moronao receives a poem from Kaoyo that signifies her rejection of his love.

It is a must. Apr 29, Dan rated it it was amazing Shelves: Retainegs April by Columbia University Press first published The samurai then prepare to fight to the death before Lord Hangan’s shrine as Moronao’s brother arrives with reinforcements. Rikiya seriously wounds Honzo. Of all the renditions and translations of this classic tales, this is the best.

Nov 09, Greg rated it really liked it.