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An old fisherman accompanied by a young man appears before a traveling monk who is visiting Yashima Bay in Sanuki Province, once the site of a battle between the Genji and Heike clans.
西村高史 他
The monk asks for a place to stay the night. The old fisherman refuses, but his attitude suddenly changes when he learns the monk has come from Kyoto.
関根祥六、関根知孝
In response to a request from the monk, the old man starts to relate the tale of the battle between the Genji and Heikie, going into the smallest details. Thinking there is something strange, the monk asks the old man his name.
梅若猶彦
Without giving his name, the old man vanishes. A villager appears and describes various aspects of the battle. He tells the monk that the old man must be an incarnation of Minamoto no Yoshitsune.
山本東次郎(那須与一語)
Midnight at the bedside of the dreaming monk. The standing figure in armor and helmet is the ghost of Minamoto no Yoshitsune, who fell in the bloody battle.
中所宣夫
During the long-ago fighting, Yoshitsune dropped his bow and arrow, which floated away. With difficulty, in the presence of the enemy, he went back and recovered them.
梅若万佐晴
Heading toward the bloody fighting, Yoshitsune showed the spirit of a warrior. A wise man without doubts, a brave man without fear, he put thoughts of his life aside for the sake of his reputation.
津村礼次郎
Who is the enemy in today's battle?
喜多六平太
The old foe is Noto-no-kami Taira no Noritsune, whose skills Yoshitsune knows well.
桜間金記
In the evening battle on the ocean, the sword is drawn...
中森貫太
...and shines white in the moonlight.
上田照也
After fighting the battle, as the dawn lights up the waves, the ghost disappears into the cry of the seagulls and the sound of the sea breeze.
粟谷辰三
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