Technical Information

Piece
*/d_piece 1000750
Piece Title
Keisei hangonkō
Plot Summary
Matahei, a disciple of ex-court artist Tosa Shōgen Mitsunobu, has been making repeated calls on his master in order to get permission to use the respected Tosa name. By chance Mitsunobu, Matahei, and his wife meet a group of peasants in pursuit of a tiger. Mitsunobu, saying there are no tigers in Japan, realizes it must be a creature from a different dimension. So, Mitsunobu calls one of his disciples, Shūrinosuke, and orders him to draw the tiger and make it take on life. Shūrinosuke does as directed. As Mitsunobu expected, the tiger in the grove disappears. Mitsunobu rewards Shūrinosuke for this achievement by allowing him to use the name Tosa. Matahei is, of course, completely humiliated. Following this, Mitsunobu calls on Shūrinosuke to lead a group of men to go to the rescue of another of the disciples. Matahei implores Shûrinosuke to allow him to join in the rescue, but in vain. As the others leave, Matahei and Otoku are left in the garden. Matahei's dream has been completely shattered. Otoku says that now there is no choice left but to die, but suggests that first Matahei draw a picture of himself on the side of a stone basin in the garden as a memento. She prepares the ink and brush. Matahei then draws on the side of the basin. To their surprise, as Matahei does this, an identical painting appears on the other side of the basin. Mitsunobu, who has been observing everything from inside the mansion, praises Matahei for his great work, which could only have been achieved through a great passion for art. Mitsunobu, his master, then bestows upon Matahei permission to use Tosa as his professional name.
Notes
A period peice (jidaimono) about an artist of Kano school, Kano Motonobu. It was first performed as puppet theatre in 1708. And then it was first performed as Kabuki in 1719. There are three acts but only the scene called "Do mata" is currently performed.
Piece > Date
*/d_piece/d_piece.dateid 1021266
Date piece created
1708
Piece > Associated Movement
*/d_piece/d_piece.associatedmovementid 12
Associated Movement(s)
jidaimono (historical play)
Piece > Piece Alternate Name
*/d_piece/r_piece_altname 1861
Alternate Title(s)
Matahei the stutterer
Piece > Piece Alternate Name
*/d_piece/r_piece_altname 1862
Alternate Title(s)
Courtesan of the Hangon Incense, The
Piece > Piece Alternate Name
*/d_piece/r_piece_altname 957
Alternate Title(s)
Domomata
Piece > Piece Alternate Name
*/d_piece/r_piece_altname 958
Alternate Title(s)
Meihitsu domo no matahei
Piece > Piece Alternate Name
*/d_piece/r_piece_altname 1153
Alternate Title(s)
Tosa Shōgen kankyo no ba
Piece > Character
*/d_piece/r_piece_character 800
Character(s)
Ukiyo Matahei
Piece > Character
*/d_piece/r_piece_character 801
Character(s)
Otoku
Piece > Character
*/d_piece/r_piece_character 815
Character(s)
Tosa no Shōgen
Piece > Character
*/d_piece/r_piece_character 816
Character(s)
Tosa no Shurinosuke
Piece > Character
*/d_piece/r_piece_character 817
Character(s)
Kanō Utanosuke
Piece > Function
*/d_piece/r_piece_creator:functionid 143
Function
Playwright
Piece > Language
*/d_piece/r_piece_language 7
Language
Japanese
Piece > Structure of Piece
*/d_piece/r_piece_structure_division 773
Structure
Three acts