Oiran and Her Son / Xango


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English Title: Oiran and Her Son / Xango
Japanese Title: 花のオランダ坂 / シャンゴ
Romanized Title: Hana no Oranda Saka / Shango

Troupe: Snow
Year: 1967
Performances: Takarazuka Grand Theater, 9/1 - 9/28; Tokyo Takarazuka Theater, 11/02 - 11/26
Shinjin Kouen Performances:

Oiran and Her Son:

Based On:
Author/Director: Kikuta Kazuo
Director: Kamogawa Seisaku
Composer: Irie Kaoru, Terada Takio
Choreographer: Kawakami Gorou
Conductor (Takarazuka):
Conductor (Tokyo): Nakamura Kanefuji


Based On:
Author/Director: Kamogawa Seisaku
Composer: Nakai Mitsuharu, Irie Kaoru, Terada Takio
Choreographer: Paddy Stone, Agata Youji, Shuri Misao, Akiko Kanda
Conductor (Takarazuka):
Conductor (Tokyo): Hashimoto Kazuaki

Available on DVD: No
DVD Scene/Music Cuts:


Hendrik ZufMaho Shibuki
TsuruKamo Sakura
KameOoji Michio
Tayuu AyameMitaka Keiko
MotherKonohana Sakuya
Dutch CaptainSoga Keiko
Matsudaira ZushonokamiMatsuno Midori
MatsukichiHayama Michiko
Tayuu HagiMatsumoto Yuri
O-SakiKamo Sumire
TomekichiKishi Kaori
Inn HostessJou Hiroe
RokuheiMizushima Minoru
Tayuu TsutsujiKatsu Youko
Joukichi (as a child)Kana Junko
Lady UmeTamazusa Rumi
AlphonseMaki Misao
Tayuu ShiragikuMitaka Yuuko
YaheitaAya Yutaka
Tayuu SakuraShima Chikage
HanaTatsuta Nishiki
RosaTakezato Sayo
Singing Tayuu BotanOohara Masumi
JoukichiMigiwa Natsuko
HikodayuDai Takiko

Other Cast: Hazuki Kei, Satozono Yuri, Masumi Noriko, Hinoki Masaru, Koito Shikure, Nanaura Kyouko, Tamaoka Midori, Kusunoki Kaori, Tsubasa Mari, Fujinami Kaoru, Nozomi Yukari, Mai Chizuru, Ookawa Hidemi, Arata Miyako, Eika Mari, Seto Chihiro, Houjou Setsuko, Amaji Mitsuru, Wakana Yuki, Kari Wataru, Shu Reika, Takamiya Sachi, Takise Shibuki, Hamaji Yuuko, Yuuzuru Manami, Ran Mayumi, Aki Kyouko, Aoba Mitsuru, Ura Hiromi, Shizu Misaki, Tamaho Yukari, Nanjou Yuki, Nanri Ushio, Hitomi Risa, Hitomoto Miki, Hibiki Wataru, Himematsu Rika, Oka Chiaki, Maki Ryuuko, Sakurano Iori, Niizuki Chitose, Makisato Izumi

Star: Anna Jun

Ken-1: Chibana Sachiyo, Ashiwara Mika, Ibuki Yayoi, Itsuki Mio, Ootori Michiyo, Orie Michi, Nasu Mikage, Mari Tatsumi, Chitose Hiromi, Natsushiro Miki, Wakatake Naomi



(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.


Scene 1: Xango

The setting is Africa, deep in the jungle under an unbelievably blue sky. A light falls on the singing Xango, god of light.

Xango: Maho Shibuki
Narrator: Ooji Michio

Scene 2: Slit Drum

In the same jungle, the men are taking a break and drumming on the trees as they dance.

Xango: Maho Shibuki
African Men

Scene 3: Boat Song

A river in the jungle. The men turn the tree into a boat and head down river. Their voices ring out over the jungle, and the trees and birds dance.

Xango: Maho Shibuki
African Men
African Women

Scene 4: Rhythm

The river turns into the ocean, which the boat ventures out into. The men's singing changes into a new rhythm, and the men dance as if possessed.

Xango: Maho Shibuki
African Men
African Women

Scene 5: Love

The United States of America, where buildings spring up in a white-washed, conformist forest. Here, the whites fear the blacks, and the blacks have come to forget their roots and rhythms, believing only in the love that they all search for.

Xango: Maho Shibuki
Woman of Illusion: Matsuno Midori
Allen: Kana Junko
Sam: Maki Misao
Elder: Ooji Michio
Couple Women: Shu Reika, Niizuki Chitose, Aki Kyouko
Couple Men: Ura Hiromi, Natsushiro Miki, Minou Yutaka

Among all this is a young man named Sam and a girl named Allen dance joyfully together as one. A white girl appears before Sam, who no one else can see. The girl beguiles Sam, and his fiancee Allen dances with foreboding. At last Sam gives in to the white girl's seduction and disappears. Abandoned, Allen disappears into the crowd.

Scene 6: Echo

The setting is a southern forest. A small boat appears.This is the mirage world of Sam, who is lost deep in dreams.A soft song floats through the mist. Sam is baffled and troubled by this unknown world. At last a purple, smiling girl appears. At last, the small boat disappears into the mist, and the song dies away.

Xango: Maho Shibuki
Woman of Illusion: Matsuno Midori
Sam: Maki Misao

Scene 7: White and Black

Ruins floating above a black swamp in the forest. Women sing of frozen desires. Sam and the purple girl are drawn out of the shadows to join them. Their voices echo in a mirage of sound as if to rise up to the song of Xango, and they dance. But they tire and start to disappear int ot he sawmp. Scared of reality and the whiteness, Sam tries to flee into the dream world, but it disappears into the gray mists.

Xango: Maho Shibuki
Woman of Illusion: Matsuno Midori
Sam: Maki Misao
Singing Woman: Anna Jun
Dancing Women A: Aya Yutaka, Tamaoka Midori, Maki Ryuuko, Oohara Masumi
Dancing Women: Takamiya Sachi, Shu Reika, Amaji Mitsuru, Aki Kyouko, Hibiki Wataru

Scene 8: Tears

The setting changes to a harbor town where a heartbroken Allen is looking for her beloved Sam. She sees him in a boat going beneath a bridge. A weeping Allen kisses an unconscious Sam, and he wakes up. Together, they sing.

Allen: Kana Junko
Sam: Maki Misao

Scene 9: Prayer

As night falls and the sky is dyed the colors of sunset, the people sing strongly for the dawn. In the golden mist their voices call forth to Xango and the sun.

Xango: Maho Shibuki

Scenes 10-11: Blues A & B

Xango's rhythms travel from Africa to America where they give birth to jazz, reaching even the white people.

"Train Blues"

Xango: Maho Shibuki

"Someone to Watch Over Me"

Singing Men: Maki Misao, Aya Yutaka, Dai Takiko, Migiwa Natsuko, Anna Jun
Singing Women: Kana Junko, Arata Miyako, Takamiya Sachi
Dancing Men A: Matsuno Midori, Soga Keiko, Wakana Yuki
Dancing Women A: Konohana Sakuya, Satozono Yuri, Mitaka Yuuko, Tsubasa Mari, Tamaoka Midori, Maki Ryuuko

Scene 12: Swing

The stage rotates and the music changes to cool jazz.

"Cheek to Cheek"
"I Got a Woman"

Singing Men: Maki Misao, Aya Yutaka, Dai Takiko, Migiwa Natsuko, Anna Jun
Singing Women: Kana Junko, Arata Miyako, Takamiya Sachi
Dancing Men A: Matsuno Midori, Soga Keiko, Wakana Yuki
Dancing Women A: Konohana Sakuya, Satozono Yuri, Mitaka Yuuko, Tsubasa Mari, Tamaoka Midori, Maki Ryuuko

Scene 13: Sing Sing Sing

Everyone sings and dances.

"Sing Sing Sing"

Scene 14: Banana Boat Song

Cuba, Central America. Cuban men who have climbed the mountain to pick the bananas are taking a siesta. The sun is bright, the wind is sweet; a perfect Cuban afternoon. The men wake up and sing, while Xango naps above them.

"Banana Boat Song"

Xango: Maho Shibuki
Banana Boat Men: Mizushima Minoru, Oka Chiaki, Masumi Noriko, Hinoki Masaru, Kusunoki Kaori, Kari Wataru

Scene 15: Coconut Girl

The Cuban girls appear to dance. It is a festival day in Cuba.

"Coconut Woman"

Xango: Maho Shibuki
Haiti Men: Oka Chiaki, Maki Misao, Hinoki Masaru, Aya Yutaka, Kusunoki Kaori, Dai Takiko, Wakana Yuki, Anna Jun
Coconut Girls: Konohana Sakuya, Satozono Yuri, Kana Junko, Katsu Youko, Mitaka Yuuko, Tsubasa Mari, Maki Ryuuko, Aki Kyouko

Scene 16: Voodoo

Night in Haiti. Clouds roll in, a strange light shines through a soft rain. It is a night when anything could happen. The sound of drums rings out and people gather to dance frantically.

Xango: Maho Shibuki

Scene 17: Bossa Nova

With the god Xango at their center, the secret voodoo priests dance. Countless butterflies burst forth and they all dance. It turns into a Brazil fantasy.

"Constant Rain"
Three young men dance a bossa nova among the golden butterflies.

3 Men: Aya Yutaka, Dai Takiko, Migiwa Natsuko

"Delicious Water"
Five women dance, then the butterflies change to green and the men come out.

Singing Man: Maki Misao
5 Women: Mitaka Keiko, Jou Hiroe, Katsu Youko, Shima Chikage, Takezato Sayo

"For Me"
24 women dance around a young man.

Singing Man: Anna Jun

Scene 18: Bossa Nova

"Slow Hot Wind"

A flower blooms in the hot Brazilian night. As the stars come out, the flower blooms white and large. A singer appears from its center.

Singing Woman: Kana Junko
Duet Men: Matsuno Midori, Aya Yutaka, Migiwa Natsuko
Duet Women: Konohana Sakuya, Mitaka Keiko, Maki Ryuuko

"Day Tripper"
A gogo-esque dance of many couples.

Singing Man: Dai Takiko
Singing Woman: Takamiya Sachi
Dancing Woman A: Kana Junko
Dancing Man A: Maki Misao

"Mas, Que Nada"
Everyone comes out and tamborines in hand the sun and butterflies dance gorgeously. One man appears before the sun to sing.

Scene 19: Xango

The setting returns to the green jungles of Xango, who sings while the god Oiya dances away into the mist.

Xango: Maho Shibuki
African Women: Matsuno Midori, Maki Misao, Aya Yutaka, Dai Takiko, Migiwa Natsuko, Anna Jun

Scene 20: Finale

Xango's voice echoes out over the jungle while a new rhythm burns into the sky. Everyone comes out to celebrate Xango.

Xango: Maho Shibuki

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