The N? Plays of Japan

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THE N? PLAYS OF JAPAN

TRANSLATIONS BY ARTHUR WALEY

A Hundred and Seventy Chinese Poems

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ALFRED A. KNOPF, New York

YOUNG WOMAN’S MASK

THE N? PLAYS OF
JAPAN

BY
ARTHUR WALEY

NEW YORK
ALFRED · A · KNOPF
1922

COPYRIGHT, 1922
BY ARTHUR WALEY

Published March, 1922

Set up and printed by the Vail-Ballou Co., Binghamton, N. Y.
Paper furnished by W. F. Etherington & Co., New York, N. Y.
Bound by the Plimpton Press, Norwood, Mass.

MANUFACTURED IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

TO
D?AMI

CONTENTS

 PAGE
KEY TO PLANS12, 14
PLANS13, 15
INTRODUCTION1729
NOTE ON BUDDHISM3032
CHAPTER I
ATSUMORI3644
IKUTA4550
TSUNEMASA5156
CHAPTER II
KUMASAKA6068
EBOSHI-ORI6980
BENKEI ON THE BRIDGE8186
CHAPTER III
KAGEKIYO8999
HACHI NO KI100112
SOTOBA KOMACHI113124
CHAPTER IV
UKAI127133
AYA NO TSUZUMI134141
AOI NO UYE142151
CHAPTER V
KANTAN155164
THE H?KA PRIESTS165175
HAGOROMO176184
CHAPTER VI
TANIK?185193
IKENIYE194200
HATSUYUKI201204
HAKU RAKUTEN205213
CHAPTER VII
SUMMARIES217249
CHAPTER VIII
FARCE (KYOGEN)253257
SHORT BIBLIOGRAPHY258259
APPENDICES260268

ILLUSTRATIONS

YOUNG WOMAN’S MASKFrontispiece
FACING PAGE
YOUNG MAN’S MASK70
DEMON MASK152
THE ANGEL IN HAGOROMO176
IZUTSU216
THE DRAGON LADY IN AMA234
Y?YA READING THE LETTER238
YAMAUBA (THE LADY OF THE MOUNTAINS)244

KEY TO PLAN I

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