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April Grand Kabuki, Matinee

HONCHO NIJUSHIKO (The Japanese Twenty-Four Examples of Filial Piety)
- Jishuko
Princess Yaegaki is mourning the death of her fiancé Katsuyori, but as she burns incense in his memory, she notices the resemblance between the new gardener and her fiancé's portrait. The gardener is in fact Katsuyori, who has entered the household in disguise to regain possession of a stolen family treasure, a famous battle helmet, with the aid of an accomplice, Nureginu, a woman who also mourns for the man that died in the place of the real Katsuyori. Unfortunately, Yaegaki's father has also seen through the disguise and plans to kill Katsuyori and Yaegaki decides that she must save the man she loves. The role of Princess Yaegaki is one of the most important onnagata female role specialist roles.
YUYA
A dance-drama based on a Noh play with the same title which was originally taken from an episode in the Heike monogatari (the Tale of the Heike).
Yuya is the concubine of the warrior, Taira no Munemori who jealously keeps her beside him even though she is anxious to return home to her ailing mother. Yuya accompanies Munemori to view the cherry blossoms at the Kiyomizu temple in Kyoto where she dances at his request. Seeing the cherry blossoms fall by shower, she makes a poem: 'Though it is pity that spring in Kyoto is passing by, I fear the cherry blossoms in my sweet hometown in the east are also falling.' Impressed by her tenderness being anxious about her ailing mother, he allows her to go back to her hometown and she is delighted to go.

IREZUMI CHOHAN (Tattooed Hantaro)
A play by the early 20th century writer Hasegawa Shin, who portrayed the lives of those on the bottom of society, often gangsters forced to live their lives on the road. Though a good man, Hantaro (Kanzaburo) has a weakness for gambling. Having been forced to leave Edo due to this weakness, he marries Onaka (Tamasaburo), a woman he saves from suicide by drowning. Though Hantaro has given up gambling for the sake of the ill Onaka, her dying wish is that he return to what he loves the most, and Hantaro is unable to ignore the request of his love.

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