Karaki MasaemonNakamura Ganjirō IRight bromide (from left to right)
)Watanabe MasaemonNakamura Fukusuke IV (Takasagoya)
)Osode’s father Yamada Kōbei Nakamura Baigyoku II
)Karaki MasaemonNakamura Ganjirō I Act 7, Scene 1.
)Igagoe: Fujigawa Shuku Shinseki – Igagoe: The new barrier gate and inn atFujigawaPart One.
Dango Ori – The dumpling seller Part Two.
Takeyabu no Dan –The staging postat the bamboo grovePart One:
The dumpling seller Wada Shizuma
) is pursuing his enemyMatagorō
towards Okazaki. Hereaches a newly established checkpoint on theTokaido Road at Fujigawa. Unfortunately he does not have a barrier pass. Somewhat nonplussed he ventures into the nearby inn near thebarrier.Osode
the maid of the teahouse,though betrothed toMatagorō, falls in love with Shizuma at first sight. Shizuma asks Osode if there is a way to sneak through the barrier.Osodeassures him there is andadvises him.Sukehei
), amessenger travelling at great speed arrives fromKamakura and stops for tea. It appears that he is in familiar circumstancesand knows the local harlots and the other guests. Distracted by what is goingon his destination is forgotten as he looks through the telescope in front of the store to spy on Shizuma and Osode.Shizuma learns thatSukeheiis a servant of his enemyMatagorō
andasking thescatter-brained Sukeheifor the opportunity to look through thetelescope, takes away a letter from a document box.Using the telescope Sukehei takes a peek at the servings of dango and theinteresting gestures the couple, Osode and Shizuma, are making. Dangodumplings are being sold.Sharp sightedOsodehas found a wallet thatSukeheidropped and finding a
seal stamped permit Shizuma passes through the barrier gate. The sound of wooden clappers can be heard marking the time at the barrier as 4pm.Sukehei tries to get through the barrier in a rush but cannot find his barrier pass and, flustered, returns to have sometea.