Category: Fukagawa in arts

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Itsushikani ~いつしかに~

There are a lot of kouta which sets at Fukagawa. Most of them sing about Tomioka Hachiman Shrine. Songs like Tatsumi-no-hidariduma and Adanasake-Hachimanmatsuri are in this group. But there are some kouta set at Fukagawa district. I am going to introduce one of them; Itsushikani. The lyrics are written below. いつしかに  Itsushikani Although I did...

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27 words songs (Kuota) Translation

27 words songs (Kuota) Listen while I tell you Mono wa iu uchi ni kike Watch while they go past Hito wa tooru uchi ni miro Sniff while they fart He wa naru uchi ni kage And while women live… Soshite onna wa ikiteru uchi ni Master Yabuhara this past month Yabuhara-sama wa kono hitotsuki...

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Special songs of Fukagawa Geisha: Te-uchi

Te-uchi is a genre heard mainly, if not exclusively within the karyukai. The origin of this musical genre is known as Kyoto Gion.  Te-uchi is performed by geisha on occasions where congratulations to a patron or customer are to be expressed in a grandiose manner. Te-uchi is one of the most rhythmical pieces of Geisha...

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Jikata and their instruments

Jikata are musical geisha who are trained in traditional Japanese music. Jikata learn music from very young ages in order to master their craft. Those geisha are well known for playing kouta or short songs usually those developed in the Edo period that focus on shamisen with a vocal accompaniment. In addition, interestingly Kouta, for...

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深川くずし

Fukagawa song from edo period まるまげ に To the married woman’s hairdo, ゆわれる身をば To life my body 持ちながら While holding 粹な 島田や 本当に そうだわね Shimada and I really do not チョイト 銀杏返し Chouto, ginko returns 取る手も恥かし左褄 Shame taking the left hand デモネ、…… Demone 中づくし 石川五右衛門 斧の中 Ishikawa gate, in the ax お染久松 本当に そうだわね Hisumatsu and I really...

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Kouta

1.むらがらす (The craws) Plot: There is a man who visits the geisha’s tea house. He drinks sake, talks and enjoy the fun with a geisha through the night ‘til the next morning. Then, on the way back home as he walks he thinks he is a crow. むらがらす、濡れて出に朝桜、 A group of craw, in a morning,...

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List of Films Centered on Geisha

There are several films about Geisha produced throughout the years. Some of them raise different stereotypes about Geishas as they are produced and directed by Westerners who have specific perceptions on Geishas and the culture. Here is a list of famous movies centered on Geisha. Sisters of the Gion (1936)—Dir. Kenji Mizoguchi The Life of Oharu (西鶴一代女 Saikaku Ichidai...

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Fukagawa in movies

Apparently this began life as an update (albeit a bit toned down) of Mizoguchi’s earlier Sisters of the Gion, though it didn’t quite end up that way. Tony Rayns’ introductory comments were useful, for me at least, in trying to get my head around this, particularly his observation that the post-war geisha was treated like...

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Basho’s Life and Fukagawa

Matsuo Basho is the most popular poet in Edo era. At the age of 29, he went to Edo dreaming of becoming a haikai or professional haiku, because his house was poor and he was the second son.Since people from rural areas who have no track record can not make ends meet by haiku immediately,...

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Basho sites in Fukagawa

Here are some spots in Fukagawa related to Matsuo Basho: Saito-an Remains / 採荼庵跡 1-11 Fukagawa, Koto-ku, Tokyo This villa is located near the place where Basho started his journey to the north in 1689 and wrote the book, “The Narrow Road to the Deep North” (Oku no Hosomichi). One of Basho’s disciples called this...

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