Chushingura, the Treasury of Loyal Retainers: A Puppet Play Summary & Study Guide includes detailed chapter summaries and analysis, quotes, character. Chūshingura (The Treasury of Loyal Retainers) has ratings and 24 reviews. Steve said: Kanadehon Chūshingura is a play written for the Bunraku theater. Chūshingura: (The Treasury of Loyal Retainers) by Takeda, Izumo et. al.; 10 editions; First published in ; Subjects: Forty-seven Rōnin.

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Reading theater, as opposed to seeing it performed as intended, is problematic – one can only appreciate certain aspects of the piece.

Hangan is left to despatch himself by cutting his own jugular vein. The Japanese puppet play Chushingura is a story of revenge. Order our Chushingura, the Treasury of Loyal Retainers: Nor were they in the least prudish about violence – the many forms of violent death are described in great detail by the narrator.

Yuranosuke had his men attack her and cut her hair to that her father would be unable to marry her off. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. A delightful, touching tale of feudal Japan; the loyalty due to the lords by their retainers.

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Quaid Khan rated it liked it Oct 25, My mind is filled with treasuy of Keanu. It’s definitely of its time and it reads like a novel but it’s also incredibly exciting. Return to Book Page. Scholars during that time used that word to describe people who had given their lives for a greater cause in such a way that they deserved veneration after death.


Wikimedia Commons has media related to Ukiyo-e chuushingura the Forty-seven Ronin. It is timeless, and tells of morality, history, honor, and honesty.

Thus, they had to look to Confucian texts to justify their vendetta. Kanpei is now living with Okaru’s parents and is desperate to join the vendetta. What a great story! From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Oct 25, Carolin rated it it was amazing. It is technically difficult to perform and takes a long time to learn, but once mastered the audience takes up on the actor’s emotion. Now believing himself alone, Yuranosuke begins to read a secret letter scroll about preparations for the vendetta.

The emotional highlight of this scene is Hangan’s death. The two parts were titled Chushingura Go and Chushingura Zen The action takes place at the premises of Amakawaya Gihei, a merchant who lives in the port of Sakai, near Osaka.

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It has much to offer in the way of fantastic language, entertainment, and understanding. There is a reason it has been remade so many times, and adopted into so many different stories.

The play was originally written for the puppet theater, bunraku, but was originally adapted into a play for the kabuki theater. Unlike the novel, the play builds up to the initial wounding of the flunkey, which, after all, precipitated all of the tragedy, in a foreboding manner that made the wounding ineluctable instead of merely a sudden hot headed act of anger though, in fact, there is one. Night has fallen and Yuranosuke, left alone, bids a sad farewell to their mansion.


The original puppet and Kabuki scripts of Act II are similar and the story is as follows —.

This act gives a taste of the bustling atmosphere of the Gion pleasure quarter in Kyoto. Yuranosuke has entrusted Gihei with the purchase and shipment to Kamakura of all the weapons, armour and other equipment which they will need for the vendetta.

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

Like many Western plays, this Japanese drama reveals and comments on many of the values of the samurai in the Tokugawa period. An interesting aspect of this Definitely a Japanese classic.

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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. I’m going to see this lyoal a kabuki in March. Another was to make 47 the number of rebellious ronin, for that is the number of kana letters, let’s call them in one of the main Japanese writing systems.

If you’re ever looking for a book on loyalty, this is the one. The gifts turn out to be Osono’s shorn hair and ornaments. The raid on Moronao’s mansion goes off as planned.