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Tokyo Kabukiza Monthly Kabuki Review April – May 1930

August 11, 2012 4 comments

Second and final part of the Tokyo Kabukiza Monthly Kabuki Review series by Kabuki collector and researcher, Trevor Skingle!

The second of the Tokyo Kabukiza Monthly Kabuki Review magazines No. 64 covers the period 15th April – 1st May 1930. Unfortunately missing from the series is magazine No 62 covering the period from March – April 1930.

The magazine cover, from a print by Toyokuni III, depicts a scene from a Sankatsu-Hanshichi mono – dances or dramas whose main characters are the lovers Akaneya Hanshichi, the son of a sake merchant in the Yamato province, and Minoya Sankatsu, an Ōsaka courtesan. Both characters really existed and committed shinju, double suicide, on the Read more…