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Kabuki, a Mirror of Japan

Kabuki, a Mirror of Japan

Ten Plays that Offer a Glimpse into Evolving Sensibilities

Matsui Kesako
Translated by David Crandall

Culture

¥3,640

Published by JPIC | Hardcover | ISBN 978-4-916055-58-3 | 256 pages | 220mm (h) x 148mm (w) | March 2016

About the Book

In this delightfully engaging look at Japan’s traditional dance-drama, Matsui Kesako approaches kabuki in the same way a paleontologist might examine geological layers, with each play revealing a fascinating story about the time and place in which it was created and performed. Starting with Danjūrō I’s Shibaraku, which dates to the late seventeenth century, Matsui artfully traces the origins and evolution of many of kabuki’s defining characteristics while linking them to larger patterns of cultural development in Japanese society. As a novelist and former writer for the kabuki stage herself, she offers a unique perspective on 10 of the most famous and beloved plays in the traditional repertory, ending her survey with Mokuami’s Sannin Kichisa, which premiered in 1860—just prior to the start of Japan’s modernization. Her keen insights, encyclopedic knowledge, and easy writing style bring this centuries-old theatrical tradition to life, rendering it readily accessible to those who may have no prior knowledge of the subject. Originally intended for Japanese readers, this groundbreaking work is now available in English, offering the international community glimpses into why kabuki can truly be called a “mirror of Japan.”

About the Author

MATSUI Kesako

Matsui Kesako was born in Kyoto in 1953. After completing her master’s degree in theatre and film arts at Waseda University, she joined the production company Shochiku, where she was responsible for the planning and production of kabuki plays. Later as a freelancer, she pursued scriptwriting, directing, and critical writing under the mentorship of stage and film director Takechi Tetsuji. In 1997 Matsui published her first novel, Tōshū Sharaku-sashi (Sharaku Goes to Edo). That same year she won the Kodansha Award for Historical Fiction for her novel Nakazō Kyōran (Nakazō’s Frenzy). In 2007 her Yoshiwara Tebikigusa (Revenge in Yoshiwara) won the Naoki Prize. Other major works include Bakumatsu Adoresan (Farewell to Edo); Ichinotomi: Namiki Hyōshirō Tanetorichō (The Adventures of Namiki Hyōshirō); Nisemon (The Imposter); Sorosoro Tabi Ni (About Time for Travel); Hoshi to Kagayaki Hana to Saki (Shine like a Star, Bloom like a Flower); Ginza Kaika Omokage Sōshi (Portrait of Ginza Enlightenment); Michi Taezuba, Mata (See You at Road’s End); Kochū no Kairō (The Coward’s Corridor); Enchō no Onna (Enchō’s Women); Shifu no Yuigon (The Master’s Last Testament); and Manga Kabuki Nyūmon (Manga Introduction to Kabuki).

内容紹介

歌舞伎はどんな芸能で、どのように鑑賞すればよいのか?

『忠臣蔵』『四谷怪談』など主要な十演目を年代順に取り上げ、成立した時代背景や見どころ、作劇法などを論じるほか、歌舞伎の重要な要素である「舞踊」についても詳しく解説し、総合芸術である歌舞伎の実体を立体的に浮かび上がらせる。

江戸の世相や民意を反映して歌舞伎が発展した様を追いつつ、作品の底に流れる日本人のメンタリティーにまで鋭く迫る。歌舞伎の研究・台本作りにも携わった経験をもつ著者が、達意の筆致で歌舞伎の真髄を綴った、格好の入門書!

著者紹介

松井今朝子

1953年京都生まれ。早稲田大学大学院文学研究科演劇学修士課程修了。松竹株式会社に入社し、歌舞伎の企画・制作に携わる。退社後フリーとなり、故・武智鉄二に師事して歌舞伎の脚色・演出・評論などを手がける。97年『東州しゃらくさし』(PHP研究所)で小説家としてデビュー。同年『仲蔵狂乱』(講談社)で第8回時代小説大賞を受賞。2007年『吉原手引草』(幻冬舎)で第137回直木賞受賞。

主な著書に『幕末あどれさん』(PHP研究所)、『一の富 並木拍子郎種取帳』(角川春樹事務所)、『似せ者』(講談社)、『そろそろ旅に』(講談社)、『星と輝き花と咲き』(講談社)、『銀座開化おもかげ草紙』(新潮社)、『道絶えずば、また』(集英社)、『壺中の回廊』(集英社)、『円朝の女』(文藝春秋)、『師父の遺言』(NHK出版)、マンガ歌舞伎入門(平凡社)など多数。

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Original Japanese Version / 原書情報

歌舞伎の中の日本

歌舞伎の中の日本

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