Chushingura on Stage and in Print:

An Exhibition of Books, Manuscripts, and Ukiyoe


March 24-April 18, 2003


Rare Book and Manuscript Library,

Butler Library, Columbia University


Rare Book and Special Collections Reading Room,

C.V. Starr East Asian Library, Columbia University

This exhibition was organized to mark a new cooperative agreement between the university libraries of Waseda and Columbia Universities.
The exhibition material came from the Waseda University Library, the
Waseda Theatre Museum, and the C. V. Starr East Asian Library at Columbia.



Pt. I:  Theater Texts and Color Woodblock Prints (Butler Rare Book Library)

     1.     Introduction: Chûshingura On Stage And In Print

     2.     The First Jôruri Texts on the 47 Rônin

     3.     Kanadehon Chûshingura: The Master Text

     4.     Kanadehon Chûshingura on the Edo Kabuki Stage

     5.     The Print Culture of Edo Theater: Bunraku and Kabuki Programs

     6.     Picture Programs (e-banzuke)

     7.     “Parrot Books” for Mimicking Famous Lines

     8.     Kokon iroha hyôrin: Chronicling Kanadehon Chûshingura

     9.     Act I: The Grand Prelude

     10.   Kanadehon Chûshingura in Color Woodblock Prints

     11.   Act III: The Palace Attack

     12.   Michiyuki: The Dance Interlude

     13.   Act IV: The Seppuku Of Enya Hangan

     14.   Trick Pictures (Shikake-e)

     15.   Act V: Robbery and Murder on the Yamazaki Highway

     16.   Act VI: The Tragedy of Kanpei

     17.   Act VII: Reading the Letter and Descending the Ladder

     18.   Okaru and Heiemon

     19.   Act IX: The Yamashina Retreat

     20.   Act X: The Faithful Merchant Gihei

     21.   Act XI: The Night Attack on Kira’s Mansion

     22.   Imagining the Retreat to Sengakuji

     23.   Combining the Acts: Perspective Prints of Chûshingura

     24.   All Eleven Acts in a “Single View”

     25.   Portraits of the Gishi

     26.   Kanadehon Chûshingura in the Osaka Style

     27.   Meiji Style and Meiji Variations

     28.   Kanadehon Chûshingura in Modern Kabuki

     29.   Chûshingura and Film in Modern Japan

Pt. 2: Books and Manuscripts (Starr Rare Book Reading Room)

     30.   Letters of the 47 Rônin

     31.   Foundational Narratives

     32.   Popular Jitsuroku Accounts

     33.   Later Elaborations

     34.   Kibyôshi Parodies of Kanadehon Chûshingura

     35.   Spin-offs of Kanadehon Chûshingura

     36.   Yamazaki Yoshinari’s Popular Tales of the Akô Gishi

     37.   The Kanbun Accounts of Aoyama Nobumitsu

     38.   The Seppuku of Ôishi Kuranosuke

     39.   Portraits of the Gishi

     40.   The Akô Gishi in the Meiji Era 

     41.   Documenting the Akô Incident

     42.   Rewriting the Ako Incident

Pt. 3:  Translations of Kanadehon Chushingura  (
Starr Reference Room)

     43.   The First Translation of Kanadehon Chushingura

     44.   French and Italian Translations

     45.   The Introduction of the 47 Ronin to the West

     46.   English Translations of Kanadehon Chushingura

Pt. 4:  John Masefield’s The Faithful  (Butler Rare Book Library)

     47.   (1) The Original Play

     48.   New (2) The York Production

     49.   (3) The Japanese Translation

     50.   (4) The Tokyo Productions