Piece

Piece Name Shinju ten no amijima
Piece Alternate Name The Love Suicide at Amijima (Translation)
Creation Date December 1720
Creator Chikamatsu Monzaemon Playwright
Associated Performing Art(s) Puppetry
Associated Movement sewamono (domestic play)
Language(s) of Creation Japanese
Structure Divisions Three acts: Kitanoshinchi Kawasho, Kamiya uchi, and Yamatoya
Characters in Piece Koharu , Jihei Koharu
Plot Koharu, a courtesan of the Kinokuniya tea house, and Jihei, a paper merchant, have pledged their love to one another. Various people, including Jihei's older brother Magoemon, a rival Tahei, and Jihei's wife Osan try to get the two to break off their affair but their strategies fail. In the end Jihei and Koharu elude their watchers and slip away to the Daichoji Temple at Amijima where they plan to die together.
Notes First performed at the Takemotoza Theatre in Osaka in December 1720.

Associated Items

Associated Productions 1984Feb18, Kokuritsu shougekijou, Bunraku, Shinju ten no amijima ,
1995, Komissarzhevskaya Theatre, Komissarzhevskaya Theatre, Shinju ten no amijima
Performances of the piece 1005783, 1005784, 1006171, 1006172, 1006173, 1006174, 1006175, 1006176, 1006177
Components associated with piece 1006124, 1006133