Invitation to Kabuki - Guidance for Kabuki appreciation
Kabuki repertoire
"Yowa nasake ukina no yokogushi"
Common name: "Kirare yosa"
Introduction of work
Common name: "Kirare Yosa." This is a Sewamono describing the changes in the characters, Yosaburo and Otomi, who were fated to meet.
2 scenes are usually performed, the one commonly called 'Misome' in which Otomi and Yosaburo meet on Kisarazu beach, and the one commonly called 'Genjidana' in which Yosaburo, who looks completely different, meets Otomi again 3 years later. The speech in 'Genjidana' scene beginning "Shiganee koi no nasake ga ada" is famous for its excellence.
Common name "Kirare yosa" comes from the cuts inflicted on Yosaburo in more than 30 places on his body. When Yosaburo first met her, Otomi was the mistress of a gang leader in Kisarazu. When it was discovered that Yosaburo and Otomi had met secretly, Yosaburo was cut all over his body as a warning for the future. He received the nickname "Kirare Yosa" (cut-up Yosa) because of his wounds, and the nickname has become the common name of this work.
Later, based on "Kirare yosa," Kawatake Mokuami wrote "Musumegonomi ukina no yokogushi" [common name "Kirare otomi"] in which Otomi was wounded all over her body.
Nishikie print showing 'Genjidana' scene  From left, Kirare Yosa, Komori Yasu and Otomi
Distinctive expressions
Haori-otoshi (dropping the haori [kimono coat])
In the 'Misome' scene, Yosaburo is the young son of the owner of a store in Edo called Izuya. His role is that of a Nimaime (handsome man). Yosaburo cannot stop looking at Otomi as she leaves on the Hanamichi. He drops his haori, but does not notice this because he is so absorbed in gazing at her. This action by a Nimaime character is called Haori-otoshi, and symbolically expresses the situation of a person who has fallen in love.
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