Ito Seiyu (伊藤晴雨), 8/10

Please visit Mr Osada Steve’s website to read the original article in English at

TokyoBound on this link. Enjoy!





Imagenes del Infierno “Nieve” por Ito Seiyu



With no regard for human rights, Edo’s pleasure quarters and the institution of slavery created a kind of punishment called snow torture. What we see in theater at the Yamanaya scene from Ake garasu yume no awa yuki* was nothing out of the ordinary at brothels in old times. Now that licensed prostitution is totally abolished, we should be glad that such torture is no longer practiced.

*The kanji characters literally mean “morning crows dream frothy snow”. It was originally the title of a famous song from the Shinnai reciting tradition based on a real story of a couple who committed double suicide. The second half of the song is a detailed description of snow torture. The song was later adapted for various other song traditions and theater forms such as Kabuki.


雪 (yuki)


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