Chushingura (The treasury of loyal retainers) / a puppet play by Takeda Izumo, Miyoshi Shoraku, and Namiki Senryu. Translated by Donald Keene Takeda. A Puppet Play. Translated by Donald Keene. Columbia University Press. Chushingura (The Treasury of Loyal Retainers). Google Preview. Pub Date: April Chushingura. (The treasury of loyal retainers): a puppet play by Takeda Izumo, Miyoshi. Shoraku and Namiki Senryu. (UNESCO Collection of Representa-.

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Nov 05, Laela rated it it was amazing Shelves: In some texts the 47th ronin dies before the final attack for some reason or another. Fun to read, and I found it quite hilarious as well because everyone is wayyyyy over dramatic and jumping at the chance to kill themselves over petty things.

I do not read many plays, but I was able to be enveloped in the story and was so compelled by it that I finished it the day that I started it. A lengthier broadcast may be found here: Just a moment while we sign you in to chushinguura Goodreads account.

Chushingura, the Treasury of Loyal Retainers: A Puppet Play Summary & Study Guide

chusyingura It is exciting and well paced. It is essential reading for anyone interested in classical literature from East Asia. It is very strange and just seems really foreign without a lot of context. View a FREE sample.


Another was to make 47 the number of rebellious ronin, for that is the number of kana letters, let’s call them in one of the main Japanese writing systems.

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Nevertheless, a fantastic example of 18th century tragic drama, and a cornerstone of popular Japanese theatre. Aug 11, Jessica Barkl rated it it was amazing.

Chushingura, the Treasury of Loyal Retainers: A Puppet Play Summary & Study Guide

Kampei, now a penniless ronin, hopes to raise enough money to find justice for his fallen lord. Which, of course, they did. Definitely a Japanese classic.

The old rules of deep loyalty to their master were still important but a new system was becoming stronger: Browse all BookRags Study Guides. This section contains words approx.

Edit, after seeing the kabuki play: After the ronin masterless samurai attack the enemy of their dead lord they act according to the old rules breaking the shogunate law by that. It is interesting to read a play that comes from not only a completely different value system, but also a completely different theatrical tradition. This play is a retelling of a true story of Feudal Japan. Since the original play was written there have been numerous adaptations in film, novels, and television productions.


Written around as a puppet play, it is now better know in Kabuki performances. Rikiya seriously wounds Honzo.

Chūshingura (The Treasury of Loyal Retainers): A Puppet Play by Izumo Takeda

No trivia or quizzes yet. Trezsury to Read Currently Reading Read. Aug 04, Leanne Ritchie rated it it was amazing. Bloody throughout, the play emphasizes duty, loyalty and honor above all other virtues, which is pretty typical of Japanese culture for centuries.

Bret rated it really liked it May 14, plxy It’s also a source for about a million later works from all over the world that deal with honor and class and loyalty; it’s fun to read it, then think about every anime every with ‘oh!

Chushingura is a very moving tale and I would highly recommend it.