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Genre: Soga brothers (曾我兄弟)

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"The vendetta of the Soga brothers, Jūrō and Gorō, carried out against the man who slew their father, is known to almost every Japanese, but from later versions of the tale or from the many adaptations for the stage, rather than from the original Tale of the Soga Brothers. Kabuki dramatists were traditionally expected to produce a new play each year about the brothers, each with a novel twist or change of emphasis that distinguished it from the previous versions, and the theater season in Tokyo regularly opened with one of these plays. The personalities of the brothers lent themselves to dramatization: Jūrō, the older, is fair-complexioned, prudent, and susceptible to feminine charms; whereas his brother Gorō is ruddy-faced, impetuous, and powerful rather than sensitive. Again and again the brothers, faced with the same predicament, behave quite differently, in accordance with the inborn nature of each" Quoted from: Seeds in the Heart by Donald Keene, pp. 888-889.