Compositions and Adaptations

Major Compositions Chumoncho (based on a work by Izumi Kyoka),
Shunkinsho (based on a work by Tanizaki Junichiro),
Gekka Dokushaku (based on a work by Li Bai),
Takiguchi Nyudo (based on a work by Takayama Chogyu),
Saikaku Gonin Onna, Hannya, and Ajisawa (based on works by Encho),
Isedochu, Yuki Onna, Nara Meguri, Tengu, Otsuru and Ryozo,
Suigetsu Jowa (words and music by Wakasanojo),
Han Han Kyogen Monogatari (words and music by Wakasanojo)
Children's Stories Yain no Mori no Naka (based on a fairy tale by Miyazawa Kenji)
Shinnai and Traditional Dance Ukishima no Matsuri (words and music by Wakasanojo),
Suetsumuhana,
Summer Morning (words and music by Wakasanojo),
Hatsu Hi no Matsu (music by Wakasanojo),
Hanjo (words and music by Wakasanojo)
Ryukyu Dance Fune Ichiyo (based on a work by Shimazaki Toson)
Story Telling Chiccha na Kamisan (based on a work by Hiraiwa Yumie)
Adaptations from gidayu Sonezaki shunju, Meido no Hikyaku, Sannju'san Gendo, Osono
Adaptations for shinnai by Miyakawa Ichiro Takase Bune (based on a work by Mori Ogai), Jusan Ya, Nigorie (based on a work by Higuchi Ichiyo)
Works by Enomoto Shigetami Osakaya Hanadori, Kasamori Osen, Yae no Shiomichi, Shinagawa shunju, Tojin Okichi, Botan Doro
Shinnai-style plays by Enomoto Shigetami Akegarasu Sanba Kiseibun, Wakadanna Kando Shimatsuki, Tsuya Iro Noriaisen, Shichiyakura Toshikoshi Sodo, Konjaku Hizakurige
Shinnai music for traditional dance 2 CDs (3,000 yen each including tax but not shipping and handling). To purchase, please contact Nihon Butosha

 

Shinnai Theater

Wakasanojo is endeavoring to expand the number of shinnai fans through various innovations. "Making the audience happy through seeing and listening" is one of his mottos. His innovative works include shinnai theater, collaborations with the Hachioji Kuruma Ningyo puppet troupe, and a collaboration with a one-man play.

In addition to continuing to perform traditional shinnai works, Wakasanojo has written numerous new compositions and created shinnai music for dance. Recently, he has performed more than 60 of these new works, including Shunkinsho, Takiguchi Nyudo, Takase Fune, Jusan Ya, Chumoncho, Yain no Mori no Naka (based on a fairy tale by Miyakawa Kenji), Ukishima no Matsuri (a play with dance), Shinagawa shunju, Ajisama, and Shiba Hama (based on a rakugo work).

Among these, Takiguchi Nyudo, which was adapted, composed, and directed by Wakasanojo, is an epoch-making work, involving a collaboration of four traditional genres: shinnai, Noh, recitation (reading), and puppetry, with background music by traditional musical instruments such as the sho, three types of shamisen, yoko-bue (Japanese transverse flute), shakuhachi (a vertical recorder-like instrument), and tsutsumi (hand-held drums).

 

Wakadanna Kando Shimatsu, written by Enomoto Shigetami, with music composed by Wakasanojo

Jusan Ya, based on a story by Higuchi Ichiyo, with music composed by Wakasanojo

Takiguchi Nyudo, adapted, composed and directed by Wakasanojo ♪♪