Piece

Piece Name Sugawara denju tenarai kagami
Piece Alternate Name Terakoya (Title for individual scene or act of piece) ,
Sugawara's secrets of calligraphy (Translation)
Creation Date 1746
Creator Takeda Izumo Playwright ,
Miyoshi Shōraku Playwright ,
Namiki Sōsuke Playwright
Associated Performing Art(s) Puppetry, Kabuki
Associated Movement jidaimono (historical play)
Language(s) of Creation Japanese
Structure Divisions 18 acts (dan)
Characters in Piece Michizane , Shihei , Prince Tokiyo , Umeomaru , Sakuramaru , Matsuomaru , Genzo , Tonami , Chiyo Michizane
Plot The Minister of the Right, Michizane, tries to defend the proper heir to the throne, Prince Tokiyo, against the plots of the Minister of the Left, Shihei. Shihei manages to have Michizane exiled and the three brothers Matsuomaru, Sakuramaru, and Umeomaru are divided in their loyalties to their masters. In the climatic Terakoya scene, Matsuomaru ends his loyalty to Shihei and substitutes his own son Kotaro for Michizane's son Kanshusai when Shihei orders Michizane's son to be found and killed.
Reference(s) The Art of Kabuki: Five Famous Plays (59)
Notes Scenes translated in The Art of Kabuki: Pulling the Carriage Apart/Kuruma Biki (p.86) The Village School/Terakoya (p.100)
Piece Published in Sugawara and the Secrets of Calligraphy,
The Art of Kabuki: Five Famous Plays(86-130)

Associated Items

Associated Productions 1984May12, Kokuritsu shōgekijō, Bunraku, Sugawara denju tenarai kagami ,
1979Jan02, Asahi-za, Sugawara denju tenarai kagami ,
1978Feb11, Kokuritsu shōgekijō, Bunraku, Sugawara denju tenarai kagami ,
1976Mar19, Kokuritsu shōgekijō, Bunraku, Sonezaki shinju ,
Sugawara denju tenarai kagami ,
1803Aug, Nakamura Theater, Nakamura Theatre, Sugawara denju tenarai kagami
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Representations of characters from piece 1005625, 1005626, 1006585, 1005628, 1005631, 1005629, 1005630, 1006584
Components associated with piece 1004056, 1005798, 1005799, 1005800, 1005622, 1005623, 1005624, 1005625, 1005626, 1005627, 1005628, 1005629, 1005630, 1005631