Piece

Piece Name Funa Benkei
Piece Alternate Name Funabenkei
Creation Date Muromachi
Creator Kanze Nobumitsu Playwright
Associated Performing Art(s) Noh
Associated Movement currently performed noh
Language(s) of Creation Japanese
Structure Divisions Two acts
Plot Minamoto Yoshitsune (kokata) and his followers are waiting for the ship at the shore of Daimotsu. Before they depart, Benkei advises Yoshitsune to leave his consort, Shizuka, behind because it is inconvenient to bring along a woman. Yoshitsune obliges. Shizuka bids farewell by presenting Yoshitsune with an elegant dance. After Shizuka leaves, Benkei has an interesting exchange with the boatman on the weather and their crossing. When the party is in the middle of the river, the spirit of Tomomori appears. He has come to revenge his family’s defeat and attempts to drown Yoshitsune. Benkei saves the party by chanting rosary and finally pacifies the spirit.
Reference(s) Le Nô
Piece Published in Japanese Nô Dramas,
Masterworks of the Noh Theatre,
Yokyoku: klassicheskaya yaponskaya drama,
Geschichte der japanischen Litteratur(395 -401),
Translations from Lyrical Drama: 'Nô',
Translations from the Nô,
Funa-benkei,
Japanese Noh Drama Volume I

Associated Items

Associated Productions Funa Benkei, Showa era, unknown location ,
1971Nov, Funa Benkei ,
1985Jul21, Kyoto Kanze Kaikan, Funa Benkei ,
1973, Funa Benkei
Performances of the piece 1001253, 1001779, 1000142, 1001789, 1001787, 1001780, 1001781, 1001788, 1001783, 1001785, 1001786, 1001791, 1001255, 1001257, 1001258, 1001259, 1001260, 1001798, 1001800, 1001254, 1001802
Components associated with piece 1005022, 1005666, 1005665, 1005667, 1004895, 1004831, 1006806, 1006807, 1006808, 1001253, 1001781, 1001791, 1001254