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September 27, 2020

Yamanote Jijosha on tour in Romania in June

The Japanese theatre company Yamanote Jijosha will be for the third time in Romania, this time, on a tour, which will include performances in Turda and Bucharest, this June, Art Act informs.

This year, the company will present the classical Japanese play “Keisei Hangoko”, written by the celebrated Japanese playwright Monzaemon Chikamatsu, whose name is traditionally associated with kabuki theatre. The actors will use the traditional acting style “four-and-a-half-tatami”. The play “Keisei Hangoko”, directed by Masahiro Yasuda, will be presented at the Turda City Theatre, on June 7, and at Bucharest’s Odeon Theatre, on June 11. In Japanese, “keisei” means “prostitute”, whereas “hangonko” means “incense smoke, in which the dead appear”.

It is a tale from the Muromachi era, having as protagonists the painter Kano Motonobu – who was involved in a conflict with the Rokkaku family from the Omi region – and a prostitute named Miya. The latter falls in love with Kano Motonobu, but the two cannot get married officially. Miya dies of a broken heart, but returns, as a ghost, to her lover’s incense smoke-filled chamber.

In 2009, the company presented in Romania their production of “Titus Andronicus”, met very enthusiastically, and, in 2010, “Oedipus Rex”.

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