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O-ie sodo mono(a play on family affairs)

【お家騒動物】

【OIESODOMONO】

 
  • “Date Kurabe Okuni Kabuki” based on Date Sodo. Drawn by Kochoro Kunisada.
It is also called O-ie mono or O-ie kyogen, which refers to a Kabuki or Ningyo-Joruri (puppet play) about internal affairs over the succession in a daimyo family. In the play, the battle between the villains trying to take over the family and the loyal retainers trying to save the family is described along with other subjects. It was banned to dramatize family affairs that happened in the Edo period, so the plays were frequently performed by replacing the contemporary families with such families as Ashikaga or Oda that had experienced the same kind of affairs before the Edo period. The chief examples include “Meiboku Sendaihagi” (Date Sodo) and “Kagamiyama Kokyo no Nishikie” (Kaga Sodo).

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