- Shogun Iemitsu Shinobi Tabi
was a pair of television "
jidaigeki" series on TV Asahiin Japan. The first aired in 1990–1991 and the sequel in 1992–1993. Kunihiko Mitamuraportrayed Tokugawa Iemitsuin both series.
In 1634, the third Tokugawa shogun Iemitsu visited
Kyotoin a lavish procession, accompanied by more than 300,000 followers.ref|Bolitho The premise of the television series is that he refused to ride in the palanquin. Instead, he walked in disguise as Tokuyama Takenoshin, a ronin. Accompanying him were Yagyū Jūbei, Isshin Tasuke, a pickpocket named Otsuta, and male and female ninja.
Riding in the palanquin was a "kagemusha", an actor named Shinkichi. His entourage included Ōkubo Hikozaemon,
Lady Kasuga, Matsudaira Nobutsuna, and various ladies-in-waiting.
Going to Kyoto, the entourage followed the Tōkaidō. At various places along the way, a (fictional) half-brother of Iemitsu, Tsuzuki, attempted to assassinate him, with the assistance of Fūma ninja.
The sequel, "Shogun Iemitsu Shinobi Tabi Part II," depicts the return to
Edo. This time the group travels along the Nakasendō, passing through territory that had recently been held by the Sanada clan. Takenoshin rescues a princess (Shizu, in disguise under the name Isuzu), who, viewers later learn, is a daughter of Ishida Mitsunariin league with Mugensai, formerly the chief ninja of the late Ishida Mitsunari. Mugensai has lied to the princess in order to get her to assassinate Iemitsu.
The show premiered on
October 13, 1990, as an off-season replacement for the popular " Abarenbo Shogun." It shared several cast members with Abarenbo Shogun, including Reiko Takashimaand Ayako Tanakaand some minor guest actors. The final episode aired on March 30, 1991. The sequel ran during the same months of 1992–1993.
*Kunihiko Mitamura as Tokugawa Iemitsu disguised as Tokuyama Takenoshin
*Korokke as Shinkichi
Hisako Mandaas Otsuta
Toyokazu Minamias Isshin Tasuke
Hiroshi Katsunoas Yagyū Jūbei
Shigeru Kōyamaas Ōkubo Hikozaemon
Ryō Tamuraas Matsudaira Izu no Kami Nobutsuna (original series)
Reiko Takashimaas Kaede, a lady-in-waiting (original series); Makiko Yamada (Part II)
Ayako Tanakaas Aya, a lady-in-waiting
Ken Nishidaas Mugensai (Part II)
Yoshimi Ashikawaas Princess Shizu, disguised as Lady Isuzu (Part II)
*Yuki Yukie as Kikue, her attendant
Kyōko Tsujisawaas Okaru, lead actress of the traveling company
# cite book
last = Bolitho
first = Harold
editor = Jansen, Marius B.
title = Warrior Rule in Japan
origyear = 1995
year = 1996
publisher = Cambridge University Press
location = Cambridge
language = English
isbn = 0-521-48404-9
pages = 217
chapter = Chapter 5, The "han"
This article includes material from 将軍家光忍び旅 ("Shōgun Iemitsu Shinobi Tabi") in the Japanese Wikipedia, retrieved on
September 23, 2007.
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