Piece

作品名 [皇帝] Kōtei
作品別名 [明皇鏡] Mei/Myō/Min'ōkyō ([前名称] Earlier title) ,
Kôtei* ([音写] Transliteration) ,
[御悩楊貴妃] Onōyōkihi ([前名称] Earlier title) ,
Kotei ([音写] Transliteration)
作品創作日 [室町時代] Muromachi
創作者・作家 [観世信光] Kanze Nobumitsu [劇作者] Playwright
関連舞台芸術 [能] Noh
関連運動 [現行謡曲] currently performed noh
創作の言語 [日本語] Japanese
作品構成部分 Two acts
あらすじ The court official announces that Yôkihi, Emperor Gensô’s favorite consort, has suddenly fallen ill. (Yôkihi sits behind a veiled platform, which is revealed when Emperor Gensô sits down.) While the Emperor is lamenting over Yôkihi’s sufferings, an old man suddenly appears from nowhere. He claims himself to be Shôki who has come to repay the past kindness that he received from one of Gensô’s ancestors. He then gives the emperor a magic mirror with which to capture the demon who is causing Yôkihi’s illness. Gensô sports the illness demon with the help of the mirror, although he fails to kill it. In the second part the old man Shôki arrives at the palace in his official outfit riding a horse. He successfully slaughters the illness demon, and Yôkihi recovers immediately. Before disappearing, Shôki requests to become the guardian deity of both the emperor and Yôkihi.
備考 *Alternative Romaji (Roman characters) spelling. Fifth category demon play, also present play (genzai noh). Props: A larger platform representing the palace, on which a smaller platform is placed to represent Yôkihi’s sickbed.

Associated Items

Components associated with piece 1004807, 1004812, 1005679