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Plays DataBase Sumida-gawa (Sumida-gawa River) : PhotoStory StoryDataPhotoStory
 

A woman from Kyoto has lost her mind after her child is kidnapped. After wandering around, she ends up on the bank of Sumida-gawa River.
坂井音重、他
The ferryman says that if she wants to take the ferry, she must show her madness. The crazed woman responds with the poem “Miyakodori,” conveying her strong feelings about her child.
津村礼次郎
Her elegance touches the feelings of the ferryman. The woman makes her way safety aboard.
観世榮夫、森常好
The ferryman relates a heartbreaking incident. The woman's head drops and her eyes fill with tears.
観世榮夫、森常好、宝生閑
Today is the anniversary of the death of a kidnapped child. It is her child, Umewakamaru.
宝生欣哉、岡田麗史
Tears stream down her face.
関根祥人
Wishing to be with her child once more, the mother begs for the soil of the graveyard to be dug up.
岡田麗史
Her distress is without end.
観世銕之丞
The mother is urged to console her child. The river wind carries the sound of the gong as the nembutsu is recited.
岡田麗史
“I sincerely believe in Amida Buddha, Lord have mercy on me.” The mother reaches out to the voice of Umewakamaru, but the phantom passes through her hands.
橋岡久馬、加賀山如芳
金森良充、今井泰男
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