The Ryujinmaru sword and the spirit of the Giant Carp in kabuki today.
The sunny days are upon us here in Northern Kanto, flowers and green as far as the eye can see. To celebrate the coming summer nights I decided to travel into Tokyo and spend a few days seeing kabuki. I was able to visit both the Kabuki-za and the Meiji-za for two full days of theatre. In the interest of space and time I will write to you about some of my highlights of both days. In this posting I will describe Megumi no Kenka (め組のけんか）The Fire Brigade’s Arguement, or The Quarrel of Megumi by Takeshiba Kisui (1847-1923) as viewed at the Kabuki-za. I will also highlight Waki Noboru Mizu-ni Koi Taki (Koi Tsukami) (わきのぼるみずき鯉たき:鯉つかみ) as seen at the Meji-za.
The May performances at the Kabuki-za had several interesting rare plays and dances. Ichikawa Ebizo’s version of the dance The…
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