A lovesick nun, magic sandals and a vengeful ghost

Mar 21, 2013

A lovesick nun, magic sandals and a vengeful ghost

by Rei Sasaguchi

“Sumidagawa Hana no Goshozome” (“The Sumida River Adorned with Cherry Blossoms”) by Tsuruya Namboku IV (1755-1829), now showing at the National Theater of Japan, was written to be a blockbuster. It was created for the Ichimura-za theater in Edo in 1814, when kabuki was ...