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Aragoto Mie and the Ichikawa Family

Mie is said to have been created when Ichikawa Danjuro I, who originated aragoto style performance, imitated the figure of Fudo Myo-o (The Immovable One; Acala). The Ichikawa family still passes on its unique mie today.

“Narukami Fudo Kitayama Zakura”
Narukami Shonin: Ichikawa Danjuro XII
National Theatre (Y_E0100197000304)

Ichikawa Danjuro VII compiled the traditional plays passed down in his family in “Kabuki-juhachiban” (Eighteen Kabuki Pieces). “Kabuki-juhachiban,” made up of 18 plays including “Shibaraku” (Wait a Moment!), “Kanjincho” (The Subscription List), and “Narukami” (The Holy Man Narukami and Lady Taema), records mie that are representative of the aragoto style, including genroku mie, which sees the right hand extended horizontally and the left leg forwards; ishinage no mie, for which the actor poses as he has thrown a stone; and hashiramaki no mie, in which the actor’s hands and leg are wrapped around a tall item such as a pillar or a naginata (Japanese glaive).

“Narukami Fudo Kitayama Zakura”
Narukami Shonin: Ichikawa Danjuro XII
National Theatre (Y_E0100197000304)

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