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「巻 絹」Makiginu

Following the Reigning Emperor’s Reimu, it was decided to collect Biki(one tan is two tans, that is about 20meter in width) silk from various countries and dedicate it to the three Kumano Shrines but in fact the part of capital can’t be reached. So, the messenger (Tsure) from the capital arrived at the mountain of Kumano with the silk of the offering but first of all, he visited Tenjin of Otonashi_nothing sound and then he had come late because he was taking time to pray for Japanese poems with his heart. But, the man (Ai) who was only one late, was tied up by the messenger (Waki). Then, the Maiko (Shite) who came there said, “let’s untie the rope”. The man turned to Otonashi Tenjin for a song yesterday and when he realized that he was responding to it and accepting it, Tenjin seems to be nonresident by Maiko. It is hard to believe that such a vulgar man would sing a song, but Maiko is going to make him praise the evidence. The man looks at the winter plum blossoms in front of the shrine and examines the phrase of the song he wrote.” Otonashi and blooming plum blossoms!”. Then, Maiko added “if you smell it, you should know who it is. Even if you write in only your heart, the god also has the power to know what you are thinking. God gains power by the respect of people and the number of characters is small but it is a thankful phrase. The Maiko offers a congratulatory message (Norito) according to the recommendation of the messenger and plays Kagura and dances like crazy. (Tachimawari) The whole mountain here in Kumano is full of gods who protect Buddhism and Amida Nyorai forgives your mistakes. When she preaches so crazy, the god of spirit will leave and Maiko will return to sanity.

「三輪 誓納」 Miwa

~Performed “Miwa” at Osaka Umewaka Noh (Saturday, December 6, 2008, Otsuki Noh Theater). On the day, it is excerpted from the under commentary~ In other styles, the book “Oath “is performed under the titles of “Sanko”, “Shinto” and “Kamiyu”, especially Shinto is connected and performed in a very stoic form. It is not clear how Shinto entered Noh and was performed as it is today, but it is lonely that it is not talked about as an art in the taboo of Ichiko Soden. My father plays “Oath” but nobody knows whether he knew the true meaning or hadn’t. Therefore, we have been doing a lot of research before the premiere, so we would like to show and say something on an occasion.

「通 盛」 Michimori

He was a monk who practiced meditation and led a Buddhism’s life for 90 days in the summer at Naruto in Awa. He used to go out to the beach every night to read sutras and one night there was a person rowing a boat and approaching. There was a fisherman (Shite) and a woman (Tsure) on the boat, they was listening to the sutra chanting, afterward when the monk asked about the Heike family who died in this ura(as a canal), they was also talking about it with their happy mixed the burdens. Many people died here and above all, the people of Kozaishou. After she knew that her husband was killed in the war, she entered into this ura following the place where her husband died. They said much of and disappeared as they were sinking into the sea. (coming middle) When the monks were starting reading sutra, the woman and the armed man (later Shite) appeared to float in the waves. Actually, she was the spirit of a person named Kozaishou, and the man was Hira Michimori. The war is in full swing. At that time, Michimori met a good enemy, Omi’s resident, Gengoro Kimura Shigeaki who ran a horse. In the full swing of war, they had taken a mistake and both of them fell into Shurado. The ghost who asked for a transfer of merit, however, seemed to become a Buddhahood by law and disappeared.