The scene at Ueno Sanmai Bridge (Ueno Sanmaibashi no ba)
Toyosaburō, who works for the assistant manager Yoshichi
at an Inn, is gettingincreasingly depressed and is not returning to the Inn while he is searching for themissing wallet which he then finds. When he finds the wallet it appears that thecontents have disappeared.
A masseur by the name of Shūan appears
who has a walking stick and is carrying aflute which he is playing. Yoshichi, who seems to be a compassionately moralperson, and who is listening to the sound of the flute feels concern for the blind man.
Shūan, who can really see, strangles Yoshichi to
death with a hand towel and robshim of his wallet.
Shūan is delighted with the large amount of money he now has.Suddenly he is surprised to see a birth mark on the back of Yoshichi‟s neck
then he realises that others are coming and throws Yoshichi‟
s corpse in the river.
At this point a young man by the name of Konpira appears. Shūan continues to feign
blindness. This is pointless as Konpira says that a while ago he saw everything that
happened and that Shūan has
the money from the wallet held behind him. Konpira, ayoung braggart, is also called Sanuki no Kinsuke and is also a villain.
with Kinsuke over the contents of the wallet which Kinsuke takes. As someone elsearrives at the scene they both escape. Just then someone dressed as a Policemanappears carrying a square glass panelled lantern on a pole. It is Sugita Kaoru.
Act IIThe Scene at the Okuyama Tea Shop (Okuyama Cha Mise no ba)
A high class courtesan Komurasaki, an Oiran, from the Yoshiwara pleasure quartersis talking to Kusunoki Sekisai who has bought her out of her contract as a courtesan.Now her name has been changed to Omura and they have been living happilytogether. They had their first child which, unfortunately, died at birth. Today is theforty ninth day after death and Omura and her maid are returning from NishideraTemple having attended a ceremonial service for the dead child. They stop to rest at
a tea house in the Okuyama district west of Sensōji Temple. Coming into view is
tsūra Shōsaburō who is carrying the child Shōtarō in his arms. Omura‟s voicebreaks as she recalls that during the Shōgunate period she was friends withShōsaburō and they had visited the Yoshiwara together.
Omura and Komurasakihave seen each other about four or five times in total. Omura takes pity on
Shōsaburō as a result of his ragged appearance and intends to give thirty yen for thechild‟s birthday. At first Shōsaburō refuses but sensing Omura‟s emotions he accepts
The Scene at the entranc
e to Kurumazaka Chō (Kurumazaka Chō Iriguchi no
It is late in the evening on a street near Ueno‟s Kurumazaka district. Otoyo and her
daughter Otake are sitting on reed matting on the ground. Otoyo has beenabandoned by her husband and this is one of the reasons she is living in poverty.