Osomatsusan × Kabuki (2016 September)
the sextuplet disguise themselves as famous roles of kabuki(it is a Japanese traditional stage drama performed exclusively by men).
Osomatsu -子獅子の精 Kojishi No Sei
a lion cub kicked down by his father into the valley. a son and father dance together with wild shaking of their long manes.
the dance shows a parent forcing his cub to undergo harsh training to grow up strong.
from the program ‘Renjishi /連獅子/ Father and Son Lion Dance / a String of Lions’.
Karamatsu - 花川戸助六 Hanakawadono Sukeroku
Sukeroku represents attractive kabuki male figure. a samurai, Sogano Tokimune who search for the treasured sword under the guise of a street knight named Hanakawadono Sukeroku.
from the program ‘Sukeroku / 助六’.
Choromatsu - 松王丸 Matsuoumaru
Matsuoumaru, the second oldest of the triplets. they three were divided against itself and drawn into the vortex of politics.
as a result, Matsuoumaru sacrificed his son for his lord.
from the program ‘Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami /菅原伝授手習鏡 / Sugawara and the Secrets of Calligraphy’.
Ichimatsu - 源九郎狐 Genkurou Gitsune
a little fox lost his mother. his mother was hunt by human for a head of a hand drum. the sound of the drum haunted by mother fox’s spirit summoned her child. the drum became silent as the spirit of mother fox saw her son in deep sorrow.
from the program ‘Yoshitsune Senbonzakura / 義経千本桜 / Yoshitsune and the Thousand Cherry Trees’.
Jyuushimatsu - 一条大蔵卿 Ichijyou Ookurakyou
a paymaster general who lived at Ichijyou street in Kyoto, Ookura Naganari. he was the mock of the town, because his beautiful wife was hand him down from his lord, and he didn’t care it at all.
later, he confessed the reason why he pretended to be stupid to his wife.
from the program ‘Kiichihougen Sanryakumaki /鬼一法眼三略巻’
Todomatsu - 雪姫 Yukihime
Yukihime, a grandchild of a famous painter. when the enemy caught and chained her to a cherry tree, she gathered petals of cherry blossam together using her toe fingers, and drew a mouse with the petals on the ground.
the drawing turned into a real mouse, it bit off the rope and set her free.
from the program ‘Gion Sairei Shinkouki, Kinkakuji / 祇園祭礼信仰記〜金閣寺 / Gion Honoring Story, Golden Pavilion)
if you’d like to buy these kabuki Matsu merch, visit a store in Tokyo Station. they’ll start selling these from September 16th.
near the store, there is TV Tokyo Shop dealing with Matsu merch.
Shouchiku Kabukiya Honpo
Tokyo Character Street, Tokyo Eki Ichibangai B1F, Tokyo Station