Chushingura (The treasury of loyal retainers) / a puppet play by Takeda Izumo, Miyoshi Shoraku, and Namiki Senryu. Translated by Donald Keene Takeda. A Puppet Play. Translated by Donald Keene. Columbia University Press. Chushingura (The Treasury of Loyal Retainers). Google Preview. Pub Date: April Chushingura. (The treasury of loyal retainers): a puppet play by Takeda Izumo, Miyoshi. Shoraku and Namiki Senryu. (UNESCO Collection of Representa-.

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You’ll be astounded by the artistry and humanity portrayed. Andrew Villwock rated it it was amazing Feb 21, As punishment, the shogun demands that Lord Hangan commit seppuku. Return to Book Page.

Having been originally conceived and presented as a joruri, or puppet play bunraku, for you theatre majorsthis is absolutely one of those dramatic works that needs to be experienced in performance in order to obtain the full scope of the play’s impact.

Donald Keene here presents a complete translation of the original text, with notes and an introduction that increase the reader’s comprehension and w of the play.

Oct 25, Carolin rated it it was amazing. I’m not one of them, so I’ll have to leave a comparative study aside here. I was happy to teach it and be introduced pyppet it. It’s an interesting insight into the ancient Japanese psyche, especially because is based on a historical event.


The multiple authorship of this play, in which, according to experts, different authors wrote different acts, led to a recognized unevenness in quality among the acts, as well as inconsistencies in the characters, resulting in one particular character being played by one actor early in the play and by another at the end!

Yuranosuke, to keep Moronao off guard, pretends to have sunken into dishonor and debauchery.

Thanks for chusuingura us about the problem. Order our Chushingura, the Treasury of Loyal Retainers: There is a minor printing error in the edition I have, when a few pages in chapter 10 are out of order, but, as I say, a minor error. A Puppet Play by Takeda Izumo. Jan 20, Kaila cbushingura it liked it Shelves: Based on actual events, it’s simultaneously an action movie and a period piece, and Keene’s footnotes are actually interesting.

Aug 11, Jessica Barkl rated it it was amazing. But it also resulted in a great variety in the scenes, which has contributed greatly to the dominance of this particular play in the tradition, according to Keene.

Chushingura, the Treasury of Loyal Retainers: A Puppet Play Summary & Study Guide

That it is not ppuppet by more western readers is a shame. Moronao, a governor, pursues Lord Hangan’s wife, leading Lord Hangan to violence against him. A rated it it was ok Nov 17, The raid on Moronao’s mansion goes off as planned.

Oishi chushinguga give her consent only in exchange for Honzo’s severed head. A Puppet Play Study Guide. The people I brought with me thought it overly long. The Shogun then went further, confiscating the lord’s properties and casting out all his family and retainers.


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An entertaining read and my first “peek” into Japanese writing. Feb 27, Rage rated it really liked it Shelves: It’s definitely of its time and it reads like a novel but it’s also incredibly exciting. Yuranosuke fools them all, convincing them they he has no intention of seeking revenge for Lord Hangan. Kelley rated it really liked it Jan 05, The operators are silent.

Chushingura, the Treasury of Loyal Retainers: A Puppet Play Summary & Study Guide

Nor were they in the least prudish about violence – the many forms of violent death are described in great detail by the narrator. Honzo, who was lurking nearby, throws off his disguise. Rhe refuses to see the two wed, citing that she will not allow Rikiya to marry the daughter of Honzo, the man who restrained Lord Hangan. They pledge to avenge the death of their late master and plan to attack the man who provoked their master to disgrace his honor.