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Plays DataBase Kinuta (The Fulling Block) : PhotoStory StoryDataPhotoStory
 

Lord Ashiya came to the capital for a lawsuit. After three years away from home, he is worried and utilizes the handmaiden Yūgiri.
伊藤嘉章、宝生閑
Lady Ashiya hears the sound of villagers striking a kinuta fulling-block. She tells Yūgiri she wants to find comfort by beating one herself.
奥村富久子、近藤幸江
Separated from her husband, Lady Ashiya laments that it is difficult to sleep alone for her endless tears.
奥村富久子
It is autumn. Lady Ashiya passes the night beating the kinuta while thinking of the ancient Chinese story of Sobu.
三川泉
The sound of the kinuta being beaten thousands of times to carry her melancholy to her husband joins with the sounds of insects and her tears in the stormy night.
観世栄夫、柴田稔
In front of the kinuta, Lord Ashiya miserably regrets the death of his resentful wife.
宝生閑
Drawn by a catalpa bow, the spirit of Lady Ashiya appears.
南條秀雄
Silently, her jealous tears turn to flames when they hit the kinuta. Only the accusing voice of one with no escape can be heard.
仙田理芳
With endless resentment toward her husband, the spirit of the wife cannot return to the world. When the sutras are read by the husband she accuses, the wife enters Nirvana.
梅若万紀夫
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