figure in the photo is the main actor of the Kabuki program titled "Shibaraku
(=Just a minute)", which is one of the "aragoto (= violent
play)" originally produced in the Edo era.
on the public theater which developed at the modern Edo era.
entertainments as which the excentricity and exaggeration is felt; it
was accepted in the society. The
mother of Kabuki is Okuni who was the shrine maiden of Izumo Taisha
shrine and the father of it is Nagoya Sanzo; the Shijo Gawara, (= a dry
river bed) in Kyoto is told as the birthplace.
The "Yujo-kabuki" of disguising as a man and as a woman, and
the "Wakashu-kabuki" were founded; and then the "Yaroh-kabuki"
was born. When
the"Genroku-kabuki" hit the top time, the two flows of kabuki,
the "Wagoto (=love scene)" of Kyoto and Osaka, and the "Aragoto
(=violent action)" of Edo (=Tokyo) were induced.
Tohjuro, Ichikawa Danjuurou , and Aya Yoshizawa, etc. were the great
actors of those days. One
of the Kabuki programs by which the original form remains in present is
"Shibaraku (=Just a minute)"; the first Danjuro performed it
in the Genroku period. When
it became the time of Danjuro of the second generation, the production
of the program also improved and, now, it has become one of the "Kabuki
Ju-hachi Ban" = "Eighteen Best Plays" of Kabuki.
then, the program has been performed by the pupils of Ichikawa Danjuurou
and himself, and has resulted by the end of today.
vicious samurai intends to kill the good but weak public without a
reason, from the "hana-michi", a passage leading to the stage,
the leading role with superhuman strength appears saying "Shibaraku
(=Just a minute)" in a loud voice. It
is a simple story of punishing the wrong and helping good people. The
feeling of the sad public, who tend to ask for the superman who stands
face to face against the power at the time, is expressed; it is the
program of kabuki which has continued expressing the people's silent
makeup called "sujikuma" expressing the feeling of anger is
drawn on the face of the main actor in red color; the exaggerated
boat-shaped "samurai-eboshi" headgear and the hairstyle; the
strangely large "naga-suoh" (=long hakama) trousers in
yellowish brown color; the core tensions are put into sleeves and the
sleeves are fixed in a huge manner; the family crest is the "Three
pieces of masu-measure" of the Ichikawa family; the "kosode"
kimono with short sleeves is made of the white cloth with the patterns;
furthermore, the two pieces of "kosode" kimono made of red
cloth are worn in piles.[ the two pieces are both cott5on-inserted]
the portion of the breast of armor, the "koshi-obi" (=waist
obi) belt which the black three masu-measure crests are dyed is
connected on the"suoh". A
pair of the "ashitsugi" wooden sandals of 30 centimeters
height are worn in the "naga-bakama" trousers; the height of
the actor is made taller than the usual state of common people in order
to look himself like a giant. He
has an exceptionally long sword in the position of the waist.
bronze statue of Ichikawa Danjuro of the 9th generation under
enthusiastic performance of the "Shibaraku" is in the open
space of the reverse side of the Asakusa Kannon's main building .
was built in the 8th year of Taisho period, and during the Pacific War,
it was removed for metal recovery
and then restored again in the 61st year of Showa period.