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Japanese Folk-Plays: The Ink-Smeared Lady and Other Kyogen
Japanese Folk-Plays The Ink-Smeared Lady and Other Kyogen Author:Shio Sakanishi (Translator) Interspersed between the stately, slower-paced dance dramas of Japan's Noh theater are the delightful comic plays or interludes known as Kyogen. These brief plays evolved from the bawdy skits that were rousingly enjoyed by the plebeian populaces of the cities of feudal Japan some hundreds of years ago when Noh itself was a pasttime and entertain... more »ment exclusively reserved for the aristocracy. Today they still provide delightful relief from the sustained and concentrated action of the Noh play that has changed very little throughout the centuries.
Among the various forms of classical Japanese drama, the flamboyant action and brilliant color of Kabuki has perhaps enabled it to be the most easily understood; and the Noh, in a number of excellent translations, has become widely known for its poetic beauty. But the Kyogen, equally deserving of attention, have remained relatively unknown. Only now, with this new edition of Miss Sakanishi's excellent translations, are they at last readily available to the Western reader.
This edition, first published in 1960, is included in the UNESCO Collection of Representative Works: Japanese Series.« less