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「八 島」 Yashima

A traveling monk(Waki) who went to Saigoku from the capital stops at Yashia in Sanuki, Shioku and asked a fisherman’s house for an overnight inn. The fisherman of innkeeper (Shite) invites the monk to nostalgically after hear that he is a metropolitan, he required by a monk to tell him about the old story of the battle of Genpei Yashima. Then the fisherman talked about the brave figure of Minamoto no Yoshitsune, the power comparison of evil Shichibei Kagekiyo and talked in detail about Yoshitsune and Sato Tsugunobu who died after receiving an enemy’s arrow. The figure of the fisherman to tell the stories of the old days is as if it were Yoshitsune and eventually, the fisherman had finished telling the old stories, he disappears from the front of the monk. (Coming middle)
The monk was told by Urajin_the canal person (Ai) of Yashima about the fan-fired shooting of Yoichi in Nasu during the Genpei War and he felt that the previous fisherman the spirit may be Yoshitsune. When the monk attaches to the pillow, Yoshitsune in armor appears in his dream, and Yoshitsune said to the monk that at the time of the Genpei War, in order not to let the enemy know that he is a small soldier from the size of the bow, he was told that he took off his bow and took a risk to recover it. The monk hears the cry of struggle as he sees the fighting situation even after Yoshitsune’s spirit has fallen to Shurado. The sound of a quiet breeze echoes in the monk’s ears and makes him awake from his dream.

Yoshitsune, who is popular in history, is the main character and appears as a military commander who fell into Shurado after his death. Shurado is a Buddhist view of the universe of the six-way reincarnation, and is considered to be a world where battles and conflicts are constantly fought. It has been said that those who fought in their lifetime will fall after death and will always suffer from being forced to fight. “Yashima” depicts a brave and vivid battle, but it is included in the beautiful scenery of a long and quiet night in spring, as it moves from the dark moon to the clear sky. It is tailored to a story that stands out clearly.
This song is a kind of Noh called Katsura (mono) in which the main character represents the battle for victory and is pierced by bravery, strength,
and rigor. A variety of emotions, such as the spirit of a samurai who bets his life for his name, are entwined there, creating a unique atmosphere.

「山 姥」 Yamanba

The prostitute(Tsure) who is famous for dancing the Kusemai of the mountain tour of the Yamanba, is called the Million Yamanba. The prostitute heads to Zenkoji Temple with her servants (Waki, Wakitsure). On the way, when they approached the steep mountain road in Echigo, the area suddenly became dark, appeared the village woman (former Shite) and they were guided by her, they directly visited the party in one hermitage Yamanba. The mountain maiden reveals to the party that she is a true Yamanba and requires the prostitute to listen to the Kusemai song.
The prostitute hears the song and when she tries to sing a surprise song, the mountain maiden disappears, leaving behind saying that she will show her true appearance on the moonlit night.  That night, a terrifying demon (later Shite) appeared in front of the party, she matched with the song of the prostitute and danced a true song and dances, after that it shows the state of mountain tours that visit snow, flowers, and the moon in each season, revealing the magnificent appearance of nature.

It was full of tension, with various elements intertwined, such as a quaint stage setting in the deep mountains, an impressive story composition woven by contrasting a strange hero and a gorgeous protagonist, and esoteric content incorporating a profound Buddhist philosophy. It is a masterpiece.
Overall, it has a profound and majestic feel, but it is by no means quiet and laid-back. The scene development is quite rapid, and the songs are also slow and sharp, with a lot of changes, and they are very impressive and audible, so if you get into the song well, you will be drawn into the breathtaking development.
If you take a closer look at this song, you will be wondering who the Yama-uba is. A demon who is somewhere in the deep mountains, but rather than terrorizing people, she is somewhat strange and nostalgic. And it has a vast presence as if it were an incarnation of human, nature, and wisdom open to the universe. The word Yama-uba is also popular and is used to describe women with strange styles. However, we have never met a person who saw the real thing. Also, in the modern mountains where development and tourism have been carried out, it seems that their homes have already disappeared. Noh stage may be the only place where you can meet the true appearance of a Yama-uba who lives in a different world that no one knows.

New perform 「夢浮橋」 Yumenoukihashi

There was a woman throwing flowers into the Uji River and chanting prayer to the Buddha.  When Acharya approached and asked her for a translation, she replied that the person who once served the water here, then because the body was not found, she thinks this river is a grave and she is offering a memorial service. Acharya soon realizes that it’s Ukifune. Coincidentally, who saved the Ukifune who entered into the water, was Acharya’s teacher, Genshin no Sozu(Yokawa no Sozu). Acharya was upon receiving the news that his grace had died; he was about to hurry to his teacher’s grave. Then, Acharya and the woman go to the Yokokawa graveyard at the back of Mt.Hiei.
As soon as Acharya arrives at the graveyard, he begs his teacher forgiveness. When Acharya was young, he was obsessed with the charming body and black hair of Ukifune, he left the temple for disobeying the teacher’s favor and since then, he has continued his wandering journey. Afterward, under the moonlight on the surface of the Uji River, Ukifune and Takado Konomiya appear on the boat whether it is as a dream or an illusion. Along with that illusion, Acharya’s memory goes back far into the past.
Ukifune and Niounomiya burn themselves in a hideaway in love. However, Ukifune has another unforgettable person named Kaoru, he was in the midst of the suffering of being torn in two. Then, Ukifune threw himself into the Uji River, Shenshin Sozu had saved him, consequently Sensin Sozu stopped his life. Ukifune cannot allow him to do that, so he decides to leave the house.
At the direction of the teacher, young Acharya will shave Ukifune’s hair. Black hair that flutters and undulates like a living thing is glossy, Acharya provokes a lustful urge. Acharya unconsciously bunches Ukifune’s black hair to close-shaven head and keeps it in his pocket. After that, Acharya became a priest as Hakai_the broken Commandment. He stays alive and continues to experience the suffering that has fallen into hell.
However, currently, he is hardly able to chant the prayer to the Buddha, puts a bunch of black hair in a close-shaven head, then Acharya was released from the worldly desires and finally gained enlightenment.

It is on the right side of the Ujibashi Nishizume tourist information center. Yume no Ukihashi is a bridge that does not actually exist, but the monument to the historic site is quietly standing near the entrance to Omotesando in Byodo-in Temple, despite the fact that it is crowded with people.
The play, it seems that it ends suddenly, especially at a place where there is no break in the story, so it is said that “we will end without telling the ending”, and we wrote it so that the author would complete it here as planned. It may be argued whether it was advanced and completed as planned, or whether it was planned to be written further but was interrupted here for some reason. In connection with this, it may also be noted that this volume has a unique ending, “being in a book” (as written in the book).

「熊 野」 Yuya

   Following the story of Taira Nomune Mori, which is located in the capital, the head of Ikeda’s inn in Totomi is Yuya(Shite),begging for time to care for her old mother but she is not allowed. The Asagao_morning glory face (Tsure) bought a sentence coming today as a reminder from her mother again. After all, it seems that the condition is not good. She, while stored in tears, also showed the latter to Munemori, but because he is an important Hanami_cherry blossom viewing partner, Munemori will not let go.
Yuya, who was preparing a cherry-blossom viewing ox cart and made it the same car as Munemori, even in the flowers in full bloom like clouds, her feelings do not rise. When heading Kiyomizu Kanon along the flow of the Kamo River, the sound of the river is high and cherry blossoms are blooming on Mt. Otawa mountain. The scenery of Higashiyama is idyllic, men and women of all ages are dressed up on the bridges of Shijo and Gojo to see the cherry blossoms. Going out to Yamatooji, Yuya prays for her sick mother at the Jizo-do Temple at Rokuharamitsuji Temple. After passing Atago Nenbutsuji Temple and going out to Tsuji in Tokudo, she can see Mt Toribe at the crematorium… When she finally arrives at Kiyomizu Temple, because in here, cars and horses are not allowed so she leaves the car and approaches the temple, prays with all her heart.
It was a banquet, Yuya who was rushed and called, appeared in front of Munemori. The leaves of cherry blossoms fluttering look like butterflies or snow. While Yayu is dancing (Naka no Mai), it is starting to rain in the village. According to the sentence, “I’m sorry for the spring of the capital city, but familiar eastern flowers and scatter (Iroe)”, but Munemori was struck by his heart and finally he allowed Yuya to return home….

This Noh is the current Noh fleshed out in the episodes of Taira no Munemori and Kumano, who was told in Volume 10 of The Tale of the Heike. Along with “Matsukaze”, people have been familiar with it for a long time, and it has been praised for its timeless fun so much that “Kumano Matsukaze is (ni) rice”.
The content of the story depicts a beautiful woman who is at the mercy of a powerful person named Taira no Munemori, but the greatest attraction of this Noh is the story that emphasizes the light and shadow of the bright spring scene and the dark and sinking mental landscape of Kumano. It will be giving depth to. Along the way to see the cherry blossoms in Shimizu, the scenery from the train window is depicted with a series of beautiful verses, and the chanting and dance are woven into the scene so that Kumano’s heart sways.

「頼 政」 YoriMasa

When talking about the old warrior who is the Shite of Shura-mono, we need to talk about “Anemori” or ”Yorimasa” . However, while treating the theme of “old age” each other part, we can see all of them are completely symmetrical works. When don’t let the enemy realize that you’ve an old man, while “Sanemori” who dried his gray hair and wore a scarlet straight drop, made “old age” stand out clearly, wonder that” Yoshiasa” doesn’t make you feel “old age”. And while the surface used for “Sanemori ” has a beard and white hair which is exactly like an old warrior,”Yorimasa” which is the exclusive side of this song, has no beard and makes you feel a middle age.
The gold color in the eyes may have been to emphasize the eyes hidden by the hood but there is to emphasize a person who has moved the world with a firm eye on the times.  It’s necessary to express the thickness and weight of life because it is a person who does not feel old and yet is old. The person shouldn’t be just an old warrior.
Many types of Shura-Noh remind us of the mercy of humans scattered in the war, but this song is a Noh that depicts “Samurai’s way of life”, and it can be said that it is an ability that sets it apart from other Shura-Mono.

The end of the body is pitiful without the flowers of the buried tree blooming
(There was nothing glamorous in my life that remained sober, but it’s a pity that my body ends up like this …. As if a buried tree with no flowers would bear fruit. )
The play drawn Yorimasa who regretted his end when looking back on his life,
Yorimasa’s graceful spirit never forgets to sing a song even after the end of his life. Please enjoy the pride of the old general who lived steadily and left a name in history at the end of his life.

「弱法師」 Yoro Boo Shi

Takayasu Akira’s Saemon Michitoshi (Waki) had previously disowned Ichiko Toshitokumaru but currently, he regrets it and is doing the enforcement for seven days at Tennoji. There are many beggar priests who are nicknamed Yoro BooShi in the crowd of worshipers. Just February 8th of the lunar calendar, a sunny and peaceful day in the middle of the equinoctial week, he tweeted that “It is a nice scent, don’t let the flowers fall” because the petals are scattered in the sleeves. We can say that the petals are also in force and grass or trees are also all the mercy of the Buddha. That is why prince Shotoku reformed national affairs and built this temple to teach the people.
When Michitoshi looked closely at the young period, he was a disowned child. However, there is also a hearing from outside, he decided to wait for the night and plan to take it home, since it is the time of arrival in Japan, and he recommended the view of the day_Jitsusoukan (the line to contemplate the Pure Land by watching the sunset). The boy, who was interesting and had a view of Japan, became crazy with excitement. He was drawing the scenery that he was familiar with before and he danced with the famous Shoudoka (Iroe). The view of day in Japan is what you see with your eyes. Even though he is blind, the scenery around here seems to have picked up and the boy calls it “oh… I can see it”.
However, because he is still blind, he hits the crowd and laughs. When it becomes night, Michitoshi reveals that he is his father and returns with a surprised Shundemaru. This happy reunion is entirely due to Buddaha’s ties.

The deep personality and rich imaginary scenery of Shite’s weak lawyer (Shundemaru) is a big attraction of this song. Shundemaru is a boy, but it seems that he had some education and experience in his mid-to-late teens, as there was a production in which his wife appeared in the old days. Takayasu Michitoshi is considered to be a leading local figure. Shundemaru fell from the son of a well-known family to the lowest status of the time, a blind beggar. However, he does not lose his pure and graceful heart, and while lamenting his misfortune, he hopes for faith. This can be seen from the appearance of the scent of plum petals scattered on the sleeves. After that, Shundemaru, who entered the view of the sun, clearly imagined the beautiful scenery of the Namba River that he had seen before, saying, “Banboku Seizan is in his heart (all the scenery is in our heart).” Speak meaningful words. However, he was attracted to the scenery of his heart and became crazy, and he was also struck by the shabbyness of the reality of falling around and stumbling.
Pure, gentle, lonely and sad, deep-hearted Shundemaru. Let’s remind yourself of the occasional image.