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Hanakosode / Plentiful Joy




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Picture Credit: Matsumoto Yuri as Izumo no Okuni, taken from the Tokyo programme.


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English Title: Flowered Robe / Plentiful Joy
Japanese Title: 花小袖 / プレンティフル・ジョイ
Romanized Title: Hanakosode / Purentifuru Joi

Troupe: Flower
Year: 1980
Performances: Grand Theater, 5/16 - 6/24; Tokyo Theater, 8/6 - 8/29
Shinjin Kouen Performances: Grand Theater, 5/27 & 6/13; Tokyo Theater, 8/20

Hanakosode:

Based On: The history of Kabuki theatre.
Author: Ueda Shinji
Director: Ueda Shinji
Composer: Terada Takio
Choreographer: Hanayagi Juraku
Conductor (Takarazuka): Nomura Youji
Conductor (Tokyo):

Plentiful Joy:

Author: Sakai Sumio
Director: Sakai Sumio
Composer: Terada Takio, Nakamoto Kiyozumi, Kawasaki Tsuneo, Tsutsui Hiroshi, Nakagawa Akira
Choreography: Tsukasa Konomi, Shuri Misao, Agata Youji, Ootani Morio
Conductor (Takarazuka): Hashimoto Kazuaki
Conductor (Tokyo):

Available on DVD: No

Cast

RoleCastShinko Cast (5/26)Shinko Cast (6/13)Shinko Cast (8/20)
Sanzaburo NagoyaKasugano Yachiyo Takara Junko
Ujinobu ZenchikuMatsu Akira Taira Michi
KikyoMiyuki Hanayo Sugata Haruka
Izumo no OkuniMatsumoto Yuri
MotonobuJun Mitsuki
FuemaruShiomi Rika
TozaTakara Junko
TsubakiKunizuki Miki
HarunobuOki Yukiko
MisaoAzusa Mayumi
ShigetamiTajima Kumi


Senka: Jou Hiroe, Suzuka Teru, Asuka Miyako, Hoshi Rimiko, Satomi Akira
Flower: Megumi Sakae, Fujisono Satomi, Tajima Kumi, Matsu Akira, Jun Mitsuki, Shiomi Rika, Takara Junko, Miki Hiromi, Kijou Tomoka, Yoshino Mana, Kitakouji Miho, Naka Iori, Mitama Chiyo, Tatewaki Joze, Chisato Hiro, Mana Hiroka, Chisato Hiro, Magiri Aya, Mashio Chinami, Katsura Miki, Takashio Tomoe, Mari Hikaru, Taira Michi, Jin Natsumi, Sugata Haruka, Hiroki Jun, Ushio Akari, Tsukioka Chikage, Aki Kanou, Isono Chihiro, Hayami Ritsu, Natsuse Amane, Maizumi Sari, Natsukawa Yukari, Wakaba Hiromi, Agou Sachi, Maya Mitsuho, Hanajou Marie, Suzu Mine, Chidori Sakura, Madoka Teru, Segawa Kae, Kisaragi Mirei, Natsu Masumi, Arisa Yuri, Miyabi Mari, Kazusa Maki, Yuuki Kyou, Emi Chinatsu, Yukishiro Marika, Chiho Sayaka, Shiki Nanaho, Hitomi Mari, Saho Masayo, Miyuki Hanayo, Ryou Mio, Hiragino Yukari, Azusa Noboru, Mai Kunika, Aoyagi Yuki, Tsubasa Yuuki, Hibiki Mito, Hana Kayono, Gen Sayaka, Asuna Karin, Maina Yumi, Miori Yumino, Hoshimura Reo, Kinu Namiki, Ryuu Reika, Kiyo Masami, Tamaura Ako, Yuki Azusa, Yuri Kaoru, Kishiro Natsuki, Haruno Arisa, Haruno Airi, Ayakage Jun, Towada Masumi, Sayo Akari,

Tokyo only: Mineoka Nachi, Wakafuji Rira, Mikage Shiori, Anju Mira, Kasuga Machi, Oozora Nozomi, Iori Natsuya, Yuuki Kokoro, Nashiro Erika, Fuyuzuki Shioka, Kai Saharu, Miyakono Sakura

Summary

WARNING!! MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!


Hanakosode


Sanzaburo Nagoya gives up his rank as a samurai at the death of his lord.

He was the best warrior with the spear in all of Japan and he fought with distinction in the Sekigahara War. Caring little for military glory he sets out from his hometown of Gamo and roams throughout the country.

Sanzaburo meets and joins the Nenbutsu-odori, a dance troupe. He performs Kabuki dance with the leader of the group, Okuni. Because of this he gains fame, once again much against his will. He had wanted to live quietly doing humble tasks, so once again he decides to become a wanderer and he leaves the troup with his apprentices Fuemaru and Tsubaki.

In the autumn of the same year he meets the two brothers Ujinobu and Motonobu and their sister Kikyo. The two brothers had tried to succeed to the leadership of the Konparu School of Japanese dance, but they were defeated in a competition for the right to assume leadership. Discouraged and downhearted, they are about to give up completely and run away to any place where they are unknown. After listening to their tale, Sanzaburo wants to help them develop their full potential as dancers and to reach the top rank.

However, he finds it very difficult to continue to aid them because of outside demands for his services. Okuni's troupe wants Sanzaburo back.

Sanzaburo does not worry about the interference at all and he doubles his efforts and increases the discipline of the training schedule. The two pupils work hard and finally the great day comes when they are ready.



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