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Japanese Plays : Classic Noh, Kyogen and Kabuki Works



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Nothing reflects the beauty of life as much as Japanese theater. It is here that reality is held suspended and emptiness can fill the mind through words, music, dance, and mysticism. A.L. Sadler translates the mysteries of Noh, Kyogen, and Kabuki in this groundbreaking book. Sadler provides a cross section of Japanese theatre that gives the reader a sampler of its beauty and power. The power of Noh is in its ability to create an iconic world that represents the attributes that the Japanese hold in highest esteem: family, patriotism, and honor. Kyogen plays provide comic relief often times performed between the serious and stoic Noh plays. The Kabuki plays were the theatre of the common people that are now precious cultural relics of Japan. Sadler selected these pieces for translation because of their lighter subject matter and relatively upbeat endings, ideal for a western readership. More linear in their telling and pedestrian in the lessons learned, these plays show the difficulties of being in love when a society is bent on conformity and paternal rule. The end result is a wonderful selection of classic Japanese dramatic literature. Book jacket.

Author Biography

A.L. Sadler (1882-1970) was Professor of Oriental Studies at the University of Sydney for 26 years. Among his works are Shogun, Japanese Tea Ceremony and Japanese Architecture.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. vii
Introductionp. xi
Noh Plays
Tadanorip. 3
Kakitsubatap. 9
Iwabunep. 15
Tamurap. 18
Tomoep. 24
Hatsu-Yuki or Virgin-Snowp. 31
Oyashiro or the Great Shrinep. 33
Ko-kajip. 39
Mur&obar;zumip. 44
The Sh&obar;jo and the Big Jarp. 47
Kamo no Chomeip. 50
D&obar;j&obar;jip. 57
Kyogen or Comic Interludes
The Bag of Leave-Takingp. 65
Ebisu and Daikokup. 69
The Second-Class Master Blindman and the Monkeyp. 71
The Stone Godp. 77
Hana-Kop. 80
The Six Shavelingsp. 86
Asahinap. 93
The Persimmon-Sellerp. 97
Pins and Needlesp. 101
The Stag Hunterp. 104
The Thief and the Childp. 109
The Fowlerp. 111
The Priest's Staffp. 114
Under the Hatp. 118
The Ointment Vendorp. 124
Raku-amip. 128
The Acolyte's Water-Drawingp. 131
The Cuttle-Fishp. 134
Dontarop. 137
The Liquor-Pipep. 141
The Gargoylep. 147
Tsu-enp. 149
The Buddha-makerp. 152
Akutarop. 157
The Cherry Showerp. 161
The Potter Kaki&ebar;monp. 203
The Village of Drum-Makersp. 251
Raizanp. 274
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