Go feast on morsels of a masterwork

Mar 19, 2014

Go feast on morsels of a masterwork

by Rei Sasaguchi

Audiences at the National Theatre of Japan might be excused for indulging in a little time travel this month as they feast their senses on prime morsels of “Musume Gonomi Ukina no Yokogushi,” a masterwork by Kawatake Mokuami first served up at the Moritaza ...

The human kindness of a foxy woman

Jul 10, 2013

The human kindness of a foxy woman

by Rei Sasaguchi

“Ashiya Doman Ouchi Kagami” (“Mirror of the Imperial Court during the time of Ashiya Doman”) depicts the rivalry between two Heian Period characters Abe no Yasuna and Ashiya Doman. It was created as a bunraku by Takeda Izumo in Osaka in October 1734, but ...