Oiran and Her Son / Inspiration
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English Title: Oiran and Her Son / Inspiration
Japanese Title: 花のオランダ坂 / インスピレーション
Romanized Title: Hana no Oranda-saka / Insupireeshon
Performances: Takarazuka Grand Theater, 6/27 - 7/24
Shinjin Kouen Performances: Takarazuka Grand Theater, 7/06
Oiran and Her Son:
Author/Director: Kikuta Kazuo
Director: Kamogawa Seisaku
Composer: Irie Kaoru, Terada Takio
Choreographer: Kawakami Gorou
Conductor (Takarazuka): Nomura Youji
Conductor (Tokyo): n/a
Author/Director: Kamogawa Seisaku
Composer: Irie Kaoru, Nakai Mitsuharu, Terada Takio, Yoshizaki Kenji
Choreographer: Kita Hiroshi, Tsukasa Konomi, Agata Youji, Shuri Misao
Conductor (Takarazuka): Hashimoto Kazuaki
Conductor (Tokyo): n/a
Available on DVD: No
Available on Blu-Ray: No
DVD Scene/Music Cuts: n/a
|Joukichi (as a child)
|Singing Tayuu Botan
Other Cast: Megumi Sakae, Misaki Arisa, Koyanagi Hizuru, Miyuki Sachiko, Chigusa Mikage, Shioji Asako, Hanakouji Jun, Mizunose Akira, Aoi Yuka, Urara Mika, Ai Erina, Miho Masaki, Fujishiro Jun, Ariake Jun, Minami Yutaka, Yumi Takashi, Yakumo Akemi, Nagazuki Hikaru, Mizuno Ryou, Suzu Reiko, Houjou Yukari, Hanabusa Rie, Mitake Eri, Shiga Midori, Oouchi Shigeru, Kuni Chihiro, Musashino Michiyo, Remi Ryou, Natori Rei, Kaze Kaoru, Sono Miharu, Kuni Natsuki, Ema Chiaki, Sumikawa Akemi, Saori Mitsuyo, Narumi Yuki, Daichi Mao, Seri Machika, Hanao Maki, Minami Mariyo, Hida Midori, An Urara, Chihara Yuuri, Mina Yukiho, Kazama Iriya, Misa Noeru, Iku Katsumi, Dan Natsuki, Ura Matsuho, Sha Miyo, Hanao Maki
Ken-1: Akechi Kiho, Kiku Kaoru, Hime Hakuchou, Nobara Akemi, Shirayuki Ai, Hayami Ritsu, Matsuka Michiru
WARNING!! MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!
(English summary based on 1963 program)
Oiran and Her Son
The port of Nagasaki, full of an exotic atmosphere
Today, as usual, a Dutch ship was at anchor in the port, and the streets of Nagasaki were bustling with the visiting people, including Dutch sailors and tradesmen. Among them was a Dutch trader, called Hendrik Zuf. He had visited Nagasaki a number of times before. But, he was different from his fellow Dutchmen; he would not feel like loving Japanese girls as readily as others did.
Now, however, an opportunity dawned upon Zuf, when even he had to know that he was in real love. That was when he met Tsuru, a local courtesan. The moment he cast his eyes on the beautiful woman, he felt himself enthralled by love, for which he would not hesitate to sacrifice his very life.
Zuf and Tsuru were now deeply in love. Their desire was that they could be in love forever; they were united in the midst of the season of spring, when cherry blossoms were in full bloom everywhere. And, ten long years passed along. A boy had been born to them, and he, Joukichi by name, had now grown into a boy of ten years in age. He, however, was a half-breed, and, was predestined to suffer on that account.
A great misfortune soon befell the Zuf family. A war had broken out between Holland and Spain. Zuf had to return to his home country to fight as a soldier. Tsuru and her son had to remain Nagaski, however, for the State law, then in force, prohibited any Japanese national to sail abroad.
Zuf left Japan, committing Tsuru, his wife, and Juokichi, his son, in the care of some of his Japanese friends in Nagasaki.
Another eight years passed on. Joukichi was now a lad of 17 years in age.
After Zuf left, however, Tsuru fell sick with consumption, and, during these years, her condition steadily worsened, and, at length, on the night of the Festival for the Souls of the Departed, she passed away, dearly thinking of her husband, separated for so many years, and worrying about the future of her beloved son.
Matsudaira Zushonokami, the Magistrate of Nagasaki, was so deeply sympathetic of the sad fate of Joukichi, that he offered his good offices to employ him as a petty official of the Magistrate’s office. Joukichi, however, could not free himself from the predestined sorrows of being a Eurasian. To make things worse, he, too, came to suffer from the same disease which had proved fatal to his poor mother.
It chanced about this time that a Dutch ship was chased into the port of Nagasaki by a Spanish battleship. A battle started between the two opposing ships, making the town of Nagasaki aflame with war fires. And, it was rumored that Zuf was aboard the Dutch ship, which was sinking under gunfire.
A revue show built around the themes of inspiration and imagination.
- Final performance for Houjou Yukari.
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