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Jan 15 (News On Japan) - The "Reiwa 6 February Bunraku Performance" will be staged from February 5th to 13th at the Japan Youth Hall in Tokyo.

The performance, which includes scenes from "Adanami Onna Maiogi" (The Beauty of the Dancing Courtesan), is organized by the National Theatre of Japan. This marks the first time that a Bunraku performance will be held at the Japan Youth Hall. The program is divided into three parts, with the first part featuring the dance "Futari Sanbaso," and the tragic story of Hayano Kanpei from "Kanadehon Chushingura," including the scenes "Yamazaki Kaido Deai no Dan," "Futatama no Dan," "Mibai no Dan," and "Hayano Kanpei Harakiri no Dan."

The second part includes the "Sakaya no Dan" (The Liquor Store Scene) from "Adanami Onna Maiogi," where the character Osato reminisces about her husband who has left her, and the glamorous dance "Modorikago Iroai Kata" from "Kuruwa Bunsho."

The third part features "Gojo Bridge," depicting the fateful encounter between Benkei and Ushiwakamaru, as well as scenes from "Sotoba Komachi" that portray the emotional and moral struggles of the sumo wrestler Nuregami and his family, including "Nanba Ura Kenka no Dan" and "Hachiman Sato Hikimado no Dan."

Source: Natalie

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