Invitation to Kabuki - Guidance for Kabuki appreciation
Expression in Kabuki
Tokiwazu-bushi
Tokiwazu-bushi is generally abbreviated as "Tokiwazu." Tokiwazu is a school of Joruri, and originated in Bungo-bushi, founded by Miyakoji Bungonojo. Bungonojo was extremely popular in Edo, but because his works were mostly Michiyukimono (lovers traveling together) which culminated in double suicide, Bungo-bushi was banned by the Tokugawa Shogunate for the reason that Bungo-bushi corrupted public morals. After Bungonojo left Edo, Mojitayu an apprentice of Bungonojo, founded Tokiwazu-bushi.
 
Tayu (reciters) and Shamisenkata (shamisen players) performing on stage
 
In Kabuki, Tokiwazu is mainly responsible for Degatari (onstage performance) as the accompaniment for Buyo (dance). Tokiwazu group consists of reciters called Tayu, and Shamisenkata (shamisen players). The shamisen used are chuzao (medium-neck). The distinction of Tokiwazu-bushi is that it is slower-paced and more solemn than Kiyomoto music.
 
 
 
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