"The Treasury of Loyal Retainers"
Written by Takeda Izumo, Namiki Senryû and Miyoshi Shôraku
The puppet play with joruri text that opened in Osaka in the
autumn of 1748, entitled Kanadehon Chushingura, or "A Kana Primer for
the Treasury of Loyal Retainers," was an epochal turning point in the conversion
of the Ako Incident of 1701-03 and the story of the revenge of the 47 Ronin
into Japan's national legend. Within months, the play had been staged
on the kabuki stage as well, and was performed in Edo as well as the Kyoto-Osaka
area where it originated.