Chushingura (The treasury of loyal retainers) / a puppet play by Takeda Izumo, Miyoshi Shoraku, and Namiki Senryu. Translated by Donald Keene Takeda. A Puppet Play. Translated by Donald Keene. Columbia University Press. Chushingura (The Treasury of Loyal Retainers). Google Preview. Pub Date: April Chushingura. (The treasury of loyal retainers): a puppet play by Takeda Izumo, Miyoshi. Shoraku and Namiki Senryu. (UNESCO Collection of Representa-.

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As it stood, it was still a 3 hour play. But it also resulted in a great variety in the scenes, which has contributed greatly to the dominance of this particular play in the tradition, according to Keene.

Bret rated it retainesr liked it May 14, It is exciting and well paced. A Puppet Play by Izumo Takeda. Reading theater, as opposed puppwt seeing it performed as intended, is problematic – one can only appreciate certain aspects of the piece.

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More summaries and resources for teaching or studying Chushingura, the Treasury of Loyal Retainers: This play is, in short, fantastic. You’ll be astounded by the artistry and humanity portrayed. It’s an interesting insight into the ancient Japanese psyche, especially because is based on a historical event. There were little to no stage directions in my edition, so actually seeing what was happening was way more compelling than just reading lines.

I was happy to teach it and be introduced to it. They pledge to avenge the death of their late master and plan to attack the man who provoked their master to disgrace his honor. One of the retainers was not present and should have been, and his humiliation, and that of his wife, are correspondingly worse. What follows is a long and very emotional discussion about the righteousness of this behavior and this play is part of it. Mar 15, Kat Becker rated it liked it. There are also moments of comedic relief, and consider this: A Puppet Play by Takeda Izumo.

Chushingura, the Treasury of Loyal Retainers: A Puppet Play Summary & Study Guide

Several men, both his own former puppdt and Moronao’s spies, travel to Yuranosuke’s “tea house” chushinyura test the former samurai’s character. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Another was to make 47 the number of rebellious ronin, for that is the number of kana letters, let’s call them in one of the main Japanese writing systems. What a great story! A modern Western reader needs to make very little adjustment in their literary expectations when undertaking this text.


After deliberating for some time and calling in the advice of leading philosophers! Really a fascinating play, especially since Pippet am more familiar with the traditions of English Medieval, Renaissance, and Restoration theatre.

I do not want to give too much of the plot away, since the play is very short and proves to be a very quick read. It is a must. The play is set some centuries earlier but still depicts how intensely the action was discussed by then as the Tokugawa period was a time of yreasury, peaceful and for the samurai then hard to find a place to fit in.

This story of duty resolutely carried out to the most extreme lengths resonated within the core of the Japanese people and became the basis for a nearly boundless waterfall of plays, novels and films. But not only that, at the same time it’s chushingjra with love, fights, betrayal, braveness and sacrifice – a compelling story to read even nowadays. This play, even more than the classic texts on bushido the way of the samuraibrings home to me the terrible coherence and alienness of a culture willing to sacrifice absolutely everything and everybody to a code of honor in which duty to one’s liege is far and away the highest value, where parents will sell their daughter chushingurx prostitution so that their son-in-law will have money to contribute to a monument to his deceased liege and she goes willingly in the name of her duty to her husband and parentsjust to mention one example of many.

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At first I didn’t want to list it here as I had to read this play for a class about Japanese history but then I really enjoyed and thought it’d also fit my private reading taste ; This story is based on a real event – the avenge of the 47 ronin even if there were only 46 of them in There is a reason it has been remade so many times, and adopted into so many different stories. Lord Hangan is ordered to kill himself as punishment.


Moronao, a governor, pursues Lord Hangan’s loyao, leading Lord Hangan to violence against him. It is timeless, and tells of morality, history, honor, and honesty. It made it a better story for sure. The multiple authorship of this play, in which, according to experts, different authors wrote different acts, led to a recognized unevenness in quality among the acts, as well as inconsistencies in the characters, resulting in one particular character being played by one actor early in the play and by another at the end!

One man at the side of the stage, the Tayu, accompanied by a samisen player, recites all the parts as well as his part of narrator. The play was written by three different playwrights, which is why some of the characters personalities change drastically throughout the play. Oct 12, James Violand chuwhingura it really liked it Shelves: Aug chushjngura, Jessica Barkl rated it it was amazing.

A lengthier broadcast may be found here: Frustrated, Moronao verbally retaliates against Kaoyo’s husband, Lord Hangan. An entertaining read and my first “peek” into Japanese writing.

It’s also a source for about a million retakners works from all over the world that deal with honor and class and loyalty; it’s fun to read it, then think about every anime every with ‘oh! The story revolves around bushido, the honor code of the samurai or ronin, who are masterless samurai. Unlike the novel, the play treqsury up to the initial wounding of the flunkey, which, after all, precipitated all of the tragedy, in a foreboding manner that made the chushinyura ineluctable instead of merely a sudden hot headed act of anger though, in fact, there is one.

The play does an amazing job showing the devotion of samurai to their code of ethics and to their masters.