Piece

Piece Name Ashiya dōman ōuchi kagami
Piece Alternate Name A Courtly Mirror of Ashiya Dōman (Translation) ,
Ashiya doman ouchi kagami (Transliteration) ,
Ashiya douman oouchi kagami (Transliteration) ,
Kuzu no ha (Title for individual scene or act of piece) ,
Lady Kuzunoha (Title for individual scene or act of piece) ,
Kuzu no ha kowakare (Title for individual scene or act of piece)
Creation Date 1734 - 1734
Creator Takeda Izumo Playwright
Associated Performing Art(s) Puppetry, Kabuki
Associated Movement jidaimono (historical play)
Language(s) of Creation Japanese
Structure Divisions five acts (dan)
Characters in Piece Abe no Yasuna , Dōshimaru , Ashiya Michitaru , Lady Kuzu no ha , Kuzu no ha (white fox) Abe no Yasuna
Plot The conflict between Abe no Yasuna and Ashiya Michitaru about the sacred book of Yin and Yang, “Kin’u Gyokuto Shu.” Abe no Yasuna who lived in Abeno, Settsu no Kuni, saved a white fox that was chased by hunters in the forest of Shinoda in Izumi no Kuni. Yasuna got hurt on his saving the fox and then the fox turned into the form of Yasuna’s fiancée, Princess Kuzu no ha and took care of him. They got married and had a son called Doshimaru. However when Doshimaru was 5 years old, they found out the true identity of Kuzu no ha. She went back to the forest of Shinoda, leaving the poem behind. Yasuna and Doshimaru follow her to the forest. It is said that Doshimaru is Abe no Seimei.
Reference(s) Kabuki jiten (p.26)
Notes Jidai mono. It developed out of the traditional literature, "Shinoda duma." It was first performed as a puppet play at Takemoto Theatre in Osaka in October, 1734.  First performed as Kabuki at Nakamura Tomijuro Theatre in Kyoto in February of the following year. Only the fourth act, "Kuzu no ha kowakare" is usually performed and is known as "Kuzu no ha."
Piece Published in Kabuki Plays on Stage Volume 1: Brilliance and Bravado, 1697-1766

Associated Items

Associated Productions 1976May15, Kokuritsu shōgekijō, Ashiya dōman ōuchi kagami
Performances of the piece 1006530