Chushingura (The treasury of loyal retainers) / a puppet play by Takeda Izumo, Miyoshi Shoraku, and Namiki Senryu. Translated by Donald Keene Takeda. A Puppet Play. Translated by Donald Keene. Columbia University Press. Chushingura (The Treasury of Loyal Retainers). Google Preview. Pub Date: April Chushingura. (The treasury of loyal retainers): a puppet play by Takeda Izumo, Miyoshi. Shoraku and Namiki Senryu. (UNESCO Collection of Representa-.

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The trewsury Ronin, this is a great revenge tragedy with post-Sengokujidai sensibilities. Definitely a Japanese classic.

But not only that, at the same time it’s full with love, fights, betrayal, braveness and sacrifice – a compelling story to read even nowadays. Acts Eight and Nine. Order our Chushingura, the Treasury of Loyal Retainers: There are no discussion topics on this book yet. More summaries and resources for teaching or studying Chushingura, the Treasury of Loyal Retainers: Chushingura is about samurai whose master is forced to commit seppuku ritual suicidemaking them ronin master less samurai.

It is filled with action and wit.

Chūshingura (The Treasury of Loyal Retainers): A Puppet Play by Izumo Takeda

Jan 12, Sara rated it it was amazing. Based on actual events, it’s simultaneously an action lyal and a period piece, and Keene’s footnotes are actually interesting. Frustrated, Moronao verbally retaliates against Kaoyo’s husband, Lord Hangan. Characters were at times referred to in different ways so just keeping track of everything was a little difficult.

An interesting aspect of this play is what it gets from the bunraku puppet theatre of Japan. Oishi will give her consent only in exchange for Honzo’s severed head. Andrew Villwock rated it it was amazing Feb 21, Though I appreciated Shunsui’s portrayal of mid-Tokugawa society, going well beyond the tale of the 47 ronin, this play is less sentimental and less repetitive than his novel The Loyal Ronins.


Bret rated it really liked it May 14, This play is, in short, fantastic.

At first I didn’t want to list it here as I had to read this play for a class about Japanese history but then I really enjoyed and thought it’d also fit my private reading taste ; This story is based on a real event – the avenge of the 47 ronin even if there were only 46 of them in No trivia or quizzes yet.

Nor were they in the least prudish about violence – the many forms of violent death are described in great detail by the narrator. Dec 14, Tom rated it really liked it.

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Chushingura, the Treasury of Loyal Retainers: A Puppet Play Summary & Study Guide

Not two weeks later the first play based on the treasjry was performed and promptly shut down by the authorities. Impossibly heartbreaking in like 10, different ways, at literally every turn, and even a little funny.

A Puppet Play Study Guide. It is very strange and just seems really foreign without a lot of context.

I’m going to see this as a kabuki in March. It is a fictionalized account of real events that occurred between andand so was set much earlier. A Puppet Play from Amazon. Yuranosuke has a close call when Kudayu overhears a portion of his plans. The lyoal is filled with villians and heroes, and even if you aren’t a fan of ritual suicide, much of the characters’ motivations are easy to understand.

The narrator’s role is to describe the action and setting in lieu of stage directions in nearly the same manner as the narrator of an occidental novel.


The raid on Moronao’s mansion goes off as planned. It chushijgura essential reading for anyone interested in classical literature from East Asia.

The play is set some centuries earlier but still depicts how intensely the action was discussed by then as the Tokugawa period was a time of change, peaceful and for the samurai then hard to find a place to fit in.

Mar 07, Annie rated it it was ok. Nevertheless, a fantastic example of 18th century tragic drama, and a cornerstone of popular Japanese theatre. Return to Book Page. A delightful, touching tale of feudal Japan; the loyalty due to the lords by their retainers. My mind is filled with visions of Keanu. Keene provides an excellent introduction and footnotes to help the lay reader with orientation and context.

This book made me want to thr myself. Since Hangan’s attending samurai, Kampei, has been distracted by the fairer sex, Honzo acts in his stead, restraining Lord Hangan.

Chūshingura (The Treasury of Loyal Retainers): A Puppet Play

Books by Izumo Takeda. Moreover, as Professor Keene points out, the excitement, color and violence expressed in the play may chhshingura considered the counterpoint to the austere restraint and understatement which are more commonly thought to be “traditionally” Japanese.

Mar 15, Kat Becker rated it liked it. Jul 24, Danny rated it really liked it. A Puppet Play by Izumo Takeda .