Rediscussion of Hakata Dolls (Part.10)… The Kumano and Noh of Hakata Dolls (First Half)
- Kumano is a famous Noh play based on the episode of Taira no Munemori and his beloved concubine Kumano, which is told in the tenth volume of the Tale of the Heike. Along with "Matsukaze", it has been familiar to people since ancient times, and has been praised as so interesting that people never get tired of seeing it again and again, so much so that it is said, "Kumano Matsukaze is Komenomeshi(something one never grows tired of)".
- Kumano (Yuya), born in the country of Totomi (present-day Shizuoka Prefecture), is in the capital of Kyoto, serving under Taira no Munemori of the Heike clan, the most powerful clan of the time. Her mother's condition is not good, and she requests leave to return to her hometown, but Munemori refuses to accept her request.
- In her letter, she wrote that her mother's condition was not good and that she wished to see her even if only for a moment before parting with her life. She read the letter to Munemori and earnestly asked for his permission to return home. However, Munemori, instead of allowing her to return, orders her to accompany him to Kiyomizu-dera Temple to view the cherry blossoms. /