演目紹介


The Tale of the Heike is a story that
the end for a beginning.
A story woven together by prayers to appease the soul.

The story of a life, from his achievements during his lifetime to the moment of his death
the journey of a life that is passed down to the present day across time.


[Yoshitsune Kiso looks back]
The story of Yoshitsune Kiso, who looks back on that time when he looked back. This is a Heikyoku performance of the Tale of the Heike, accompanied by Heike biwa. *This performance has been given with few modern translations in order to preserve the atmosphere of the language.

Heikyoku: KisosaigoTale of the Heike, Volume 9)
Kiso Yoshinaka is cornered by the last five warriors. Yoshinaka urges Tomoe, a female warrior, to escape quickly, but she does not leave. Then, OndahachirouMoroshige appears, and Tomoe puts up a final fierce battle. After that, the only one left by Yoshinaka’s side is Imai Shiro Kanehira. Yoshinaka tries to die with him, but Kanehira tearfully urges Yoshinaka to head for the pine grove. With Yoshinaka heading for the pine grove, Kanehira’s final battle begins. In order to buy Yoshinaka a little time before he commits suicide, Kanehira is the only one to raise his name and fire an arrow.




[Yoshitsune’s voice ]
The words of Kurohangan Yoshitsune (Minamoto no Yoshitsune) from the Tale of the Heike are expressed in a variety of musical styles, with rich emotion. Yoshitsune who is angry, Yoshitsune who is laughing. Yoshitsune who is sad, Yoshitsune who is threatening. Why not listen to Yoshitsune’s voice in The Tale of the Heike Listened to by Heike Biwa accompaniment? This is a concert that collects scenes from The Tale of the Heike where Yoshitsune is speaking.

Short performance version
Heikyoku:Sakaro, Tsuginobusaigo, NasunoYoichi, Yuminagashi
(The Tale of the Heike, Volume 11)

Full Performance Version
Heikyoku:Sakaro, Tsuginobusaigo, NasunoYoichi, Yuminagashi,Houganmiyakoochi
(The Tale of the Heike, Volume 11Sakaro, Tsuginobusaigo, NasunoYoichi, YuminagashiVolume 12, “Houganmiyakoochi”




[That Person’s Song]
The song of that person who appears in the Tale of the Heike. This is a small concert where the part of the song that symbolizes the scene is told (sung) with accompaniment on the Heike biwa.

Heikyoku: Ichimonmiyakoochi (The Tale of the Heike, Volume 7)
「hakanashina nushihakumouiniwakarureba yadohakemuritotachinoborukana」「kokyouwo yakenonoharatokaerimite suemokemurino tabijiwozoyuku」
Heikyoku: Yokobue (Tale of the Heike, Volume 10)
「sorumadewa uramishikadomoazusayumi makotonomichini iruzoureshiki」「sorutotemo nanikauraminazusayumi hikitodomubekikokoronaraneba」
Heikyoku: Kaidoukudari (The Tale of the Heike, Volume 10)
「tabinosorahaniunokoyanoibusesani furusatoikanikoishikaruran」「furusatomokoishikumonashitabinosora miyakomotuinosumikanaraneba」





The Tale of the Heike (a Japanese epic) – a little scary!
A Little Scary The Tale of the Heike is a small concert in which the strange stories and ghost stories from The Tale of the Heike are told with accompaniment on the Heike biwa. Don’t worry, it’s not scary if you listen to it in the daytime (this concert is held during the day).

Heikyoku: NueThe Tale of the Heike, Vol. 4
During the Nipyo period, there was an incident in which Emperor Konoe was frightened at night. MinamotonoYorimasa was selected from among the warriors of both the Genji and Heishi, MinamotonoYorimasa clans to guard him, and he stood by with his retainer, Inohata. At the stroke of an ox, a black cloud rose from the Higashi-Sanjo forest and billowed over the palace, and Yorimasa saw a suspicious figure in the cloud.








“The Tale of the Heike”: A New Beginning
You may have studied it a long time ago, you may have seen the characters on a blackboard, or it may have been on a test. Why not encounter the Tale of the Heike again? This time, with sound! Let’s enter the world of the Tale of the Heike with Heikyoku (a recitation of the Tale of the Heike accompanied by the Heike biwa).

「The Fan Target」
Heikyoku: NasunoYoichi (Tale of the Heike, Volume 11)

At the time of the battle of Genji and Heike, just as the sun was about to set, a small boat of the Heike clan appeared. A young woman emerged from one of the boats, holding a fan by the side of the boat and beckoning to the boat. Thereupon, the Minamoto clan’s great general, Kurohougan Yoshitsune, called for NasunoYoichi, an excellent archer, and ordered him to shoot down the fan. At first, Yoichi hesitated to take on the monumental task, but he obeyed Yoshitsune’s order and accepted the challenge. As the armies of both Minamoto and Taira watched with bated breath, Yoichi prayed to the gods and drew his bow with all the courage he could muster.

「Atsumori」
Heikyoku: Atsumorisaigo (Tale of the Heike, Volume 9)

Minamoto warrior Kumagai Jiro Naozane was defeated at the Battle of Ichinotani and pursued the fleeing Heike nobles to the coast. There, Kumagai encountered a young warrior wearing luxurious armor. Kumagai succeeded in capturing him, but then realized that the young warrior was about the same age as his own son. He feels sympathy for him and wants to spare his life, but the young warrior refuses. Kumagai struggles with his decision, but then grabs his sword, determined to take his life rather than fall into the hands of his own men closing in from behind.




The Kajiwara Clan in the Tale of the Heike
The Kajiwara clan from the Tale of the Heike. This concert features the stories of the Kajiwara clan, which you can’t help but cheer for, such as “Nidonokake”, in which Kageki returns to the battlefield for his eldest son Kageki; “Ikezuki”, in which Kageki’s feelings overflow when he sees the raw food that Sasaki has brought him; “Ujigawanosenjin”, in which he is tricked by Sasaki without realizing it; and “Sakaro”, in which a potentially explosive situation arises because of their feelings for each other.

Heikyoku:Ikezuki,Ujigawasenjin,Nidonokake,Sakaro
(Tale of the Heike, Volume 9「Ikezuki」「Ujigawasenjin」「Nidonokake」Volume 11「Sakaro」



[The Tale of the Heike, listened to in one’s sleep by Heike biwa]
The Tale of the Heike Listened to in one’s sleep is a gathering where you can listen to The Tale of the Heike Listened to by the Heike Biwa while you sleep (or lie down). Why don’t you leave your daily routine and enter the world of the Tale of the Heike? You may feel drowsy because of the difficult words and sounds, but you may fall asleep as you are. The sound of the Heike biwa and the narrator’s voice are the stage set. Please create the scenery of the story in your mind.

Heikyoku: Chikubushimamoude (The Tale of the Heike, Volume 7)
TairanoTsunemasa, a skilled poet and orchestrator, was deeply moved by the beautiful nature of Chikubu Island, which he visited on his way to war. Feeling that the island was a sacred place, he prayed to the gods and played his biwa. Then…. If you listen to the music and reflect on the movement of Tsunemasa’s heart, something unseen may appear at the end of the piece.




[Off the Coast of Nachi]
Tale of the Heike, Volume 10: “Yokobue” and “Koremorijusui” are told with accompaniment on the Heike biwa. In each story, there is liberation from the suffering of this world and spiritual sublimation. Tokiyori and Yokobue’s story achieves spiritual growth and liberation through the form of becoming a priest, and Koremorijusui chooses the path to enlightenment by ending his own life, severing his lingering attachment to his family and companions.

Heikyoku: Yokobue (Tale of the Heike, Volume 10)
Taira no Koremori heads from Yashima to Koyasan, struggling with his feelings for his family back in the capital. There he meets Takiguchi Nyudo (Saito Takiguchi Tokiyori), a man who once loved a woman named Yokobue, but who, despite his family’s objections, chose to pursue the Buddhist path. This is the story of Yokobue, who inspired Takiguchi Nyudo to turn to Buddhism, and who watches over Taira no Koremori as he dies.

Heikyoku: Koremorijusui (Tale of the Heike, Volume 10)
After visiting the three Kumano mountains, Taira no Koremori and his men head out to sea. Before entering the water, Koremorijusui is wracked with thoughts of his family, and Takiguchi Nyudo, wiping away his tears and feigning composure, tries to talk him out of it. The film depicts Koremorijusui’s final moments, as he cuts off his lingering attachments and chooses the path of enlightenment.





“The Final Sea, Dannoura.”
The scenery of that day. The voices of that time. I gather the murmurings that I cannot see now and speak of them. The final sea, Dannoura.
This is a concert where you can listen to the Heike Monogatari (The Tale of the Heike) related to the Battle of Dannoura, told in the style of Heikyoku (The Tale of the Heike Listened to by Heike biwa accompaniment).

Heikyoku: Dannourakassen (Heike Monogatari, Volume 11)
At Dannoura, the Genji and the Heike raised battle cries that echoed through heaven and earth. Tairano Tomomori stood on the deck of his ship and said, “Even the greatest generals and warriors in Japan, China and India are powerless when their time has come. But their names are precious. For what purpose do you value your lives? “Today is the last day for our army.” he said, encouraging his men.

Heikyoku: Touya (Tale of the Heike, Volume 11)
Wadanokotarou Yoshimori of the Genji clan fires arrow after arrow at the forces of the Heike clan. Niinokishirou Chikakiyo of the Heike clan fires back at the arrows that have pierced their ship. The soldiers of the Genji and Heike clans fought fiercely, sparing no lives, but the Genji could not lay a hand on them because they had the Emperor Antoku and the three sacred treasures. Then, something like a white cloud drifted through the sky.

Heikyoku: Senteigojyusui (The Tale of the Heike, Volume 11)
The Genji clan one after another subdue the Heike clan’s ships. Sensing his end, Tairano Tomomori begins to clean the imperial barge. Niinoama says, “Even though I am a woman, I will not fall into the hands of the enemy. I will go with the Emperor,” and she proceeds into the sea holding the Antoku Emperor.

Heikyoku: NotodonosaigoThe Tale of the Heike, Volume 11)
Noritsune, who did not recognize Yoshitsune’s face, attacked the warrior in splendid armor one after another. He managed to get on board Yoshitsune’s ship, but Yoshitsune jumped over to an ally’s ship. Noritsune was unable to pursue him, so he threw his weapons and helmet into the sea and spread his arms wide, saying, “Anyone who thinks they can take me on, come and fight me and try to take me alive.”

Heikyoku: Naishidokoromiyakoiri (Tale of the Heike, Volume 11)
The end of the war. Red flags and red seals are cut down at sea, as if the autumn leaves of the Tatsuta River had been blown away by a storm. The white waves are tinged with light pink.




【The Tale of the Heike,a curse in the form of a prayer.】
The Tale of the Heike is a complex story that combines historical fact and fiction. The characters in the story are exaggerated and portrayed as unique characters, as if they were sewn into the larger flow of the Tale of the Heike. The characters may still be living in a curse that takes the form of an eternal prayer that can never be undone. The narrator will perform episodes from the Tale of the Heike and Heikyoku (a recitation of the Tale of the Heike accompanied by the Heike biwa).

Heikyoku: Nyuudouseikyo (The Tale of the Heike, Volume 6)
Kiyomori’s condition worsened day by day, and his body was tormented by high fever, burning like fire. In a dream, his wife, the Lady Nijo, is told that Kiyomori will be cast into the Avici Hell. On his deathbed, Kiyomori said, “I have no regrets in this life,” but then continued, “However, I do regret that I did not see Minamoto no Yoritomo’s head during my lifetime.”





【The Tale of the Earless Hōichi, Continued by the Story of the Heike Biwa】
This is my story. The ghost story “Mimi-nashi Hōichi” is said to be based on a Heike biwa player. What if Hōichi had made a different decision that night? This is a one-man play in which the story of the “Battle of Dannoura” is narrated on the Heike biwa.


The performance on this page is based on the following sources and has been produced with the following structure and direction.

[Source]
Kindaichi Haruhiko (1998) “Seishu Bunko Bon Heike Mabushi”, Sanseido Shuppan

[Composition/Direction]
MORINORI and BRIGADE Co.

[Hoichi the Earless]
Original Story: Koizumi Yakumo (Hearn)
Screenplay and direction by MORINORI