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Magosaburou Daiikkai Koten Shougekijou.  “Shanks' mare.” “Japan's 24 Paragons of Filial Piety.”

  • Organization : Public Interest Incorporated Foundation Edo Marionette Theatre YOUKIZA
  • Section : Artistic and creative activity in Tokyo
  • Type of Grant Program : Single
  • Art Forms : Japanese Traditional Art


This revival of “Shank’s mare,” the first performance of the classic Edo marionette work for 20 years, was aimed at establishing the work in the Edo marionette repertoire going forward. The synergy between young hopeful Shinnai Tagatayuu’s live Shinnai narrative singing with ukiyoe images projected onto the background transported the audience to the world of the two main characters, Yajirobē and Kitahachi.

Together with “Japan’s 24 Paragons of Filial Piety,” the production offered a double-bill comprising a sewamono (contemporary Edo play about ordinary people) and a jidaimono (historical drama), enhancing understanding and interest towards Edo marionette theater in audiences who are not familiar with the classics, and making for a more enjoyable performance.
In addition, by appointing a young puppeteer in a major role, this milestone performance represented the first step towards passing this artform on to the next generation.

“Shanks’ mare”
“Japan’s 24 Paragons of Filial Piety”

Youki Magosaburou XII, Youki Kazuma, Tanaka Jun (former Youki Magosaburou XII), Onuki Yasuaki
Shinnai: Shinnai Tagatayuu (singing and shamisen accompaniment)

Production staff
Arrangement: Youki Magosaburou XII
Lyrics and music: Fujimatsu Rochu (Shinnai-bushi)
Lighting design/operation: Oya Keiichi
Sound design: Shima Takeshi (STAGE OFFICE)
Stage direction: Yoshiki Hitoshi
Video design: Hamajima Masahiro


Public Interest Incorporated Foundation Edo Marionette Theatre YOUKIZA
The Marionette Theater YOUKIZA was founded in 1635 by Youki Magosaburō I; to the present time of Youki Magosaburō XII, the company has enjoyed a history of 385 years.
Its main activities are classical productions drawn from its jōruri repertory and new plays, magic lantern shows, and intercultural productions. Their experimental productions include actor-puppet performance, in which the puppeteer both manipulates puppets and performs as a character himself; the application of premodern puppetry techniques; and the insertion of Edo magic lantern visuals. The Youkiza continually seeks to develop and combine new aspects to enhance their distinctive performance style.
In 2007, the Japan-France Theatre Collaboration of Jean Genet’s Les Paravents and two traditional plays by the Youkiza were invited to the Avignon Theatre Festival, one of the three major world theatre festivals, and received accolades. In 2008, for the 100th Anniversary of Japan-Brazil Exchange, Youkiza was dispatched by the Japan Foundation to four Brazilian cities to perform authentic traditional puppetry. In March 2010, Youkiza performed Kuo Pao Kun’s The Descendents of the Eunuch Admiral (dir. Frederik Fisbach) at the Setagaya Theatre Tram, Tokyo. This production was also invited to the Croatian Eurokaz Festival and the Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleta, Italy, and received both effusive popular and critical acclaim.


Public Interest Incorporated Foundation Edo Marionette Theatre YOUKIZA
3-18-2, Nukuikitamachi, Koganei-shi, Tokyo 184-0015
ikuko-yuki@youkiza.jp seisaku@youkiza.jp


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