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The Heisei Nakamura-za company at Lincoln Center has revived a rarely performed 19th-century ghost story, Kaidan Chibusa no Enoki (“The Ghost Tale of the Wet Nurse Tree”).

The Heisei Nakamura-za company at Lincoln Center has revived a rarely performed ghost story, Kaidan Chibusa no Enoki (“The Ghost Tale of the Wet Nurse Tree”).

Actor Iwai Hanshirô IV as the Wet Nurse Shigenoi  四代岩井半四郎の乳人重の井  Japanese, Edo period, 1794 (Kansei 6), 5th month  Artist Tôshûsai Sharaku, Japanese, active 1794–1795, Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink, color, and mica on paper, MFA

Actor Iwai Hanshirô IV as the Wet Nurse Shigenoi. 1794 Artist Tôshûsai Sharaku, nishiki-e; ink, color, and mica on paper, MFA

Kaidan Chibusa no Enoki (The Ghost Tale of the Wet Nurse Tree)

Kaidan Chibusa No Enoki (The Ghost Tale of the Wet Nurse Tree)

Revenge is a dish served cold — and comical — in “Kaidan Chibusa No Enoki” (“The Ghost Tale of the Wet Nurse Tree”).

The Heisei Nakamura-za company at Lincoln Center has revived a rarely performed 19th-century ghost story, Kaidan Chibusa no Enoki (“The Ghost Tale of the Wet Nurse Tree”).

The Heisei Nakamura-za company at Lincoln Center has revived a rarely performed ghost story, Kaidan Chibusa no Enoki (“The Ghost Tale of the Wet Nurse Tree”).

The Heisei Nakamura-za company at Lincoln Center has revived a rarely performed 19th-century ghost story, Kaidan Chibusa no Enoki (“The Ghost Tale of the Wet Nurse Tree”).

The Heisei Nakamura-za company at Lincoln Center has revived a rarely performed ghost story, Kaidan Chibusa no Enoki (“The Ghost Tale of the Wet Nurse Tree”).

Kaidan Chibusa no Enoki (The Ghost Tale of the Wet Nurse Tree)

The Heisei Nakamura-za company at Lincoln Center has revived a rarely performed ghost story, Kaidan Chibusa no Enoki (“The Ghost Tale of the Wet Nurse Tree”).

The Heisei Nakamura-za company at Lincoln Center has revived a rarely performed 19th-century ghost story, Kaidan Chibusa no Enoki (“The Ghost Tale of the Wet Nurse Tree”).

The Heisei Nakamura-za company at Lincoln Center has revived a rarely performed ghost story, Kaidan Chibusa no Enoki (“The Ghost Tale of the Wet Nurse Tree”).

The Heisei Nakamura-za company at Lincoln Center has revived a rarely performed 19th-century ghost story, Kaidan Chibusa no Enoki (“The Ghost Tale of the Wet Nurse Tree”).

The Heisei Nakamura-za company at Lincoln Center has revived a rarely performed ghost story, Kaidan Chibusa no Enoki (“The Ghost Tale of the Wet Nurse Tree”).

The Heisei Nakamura-za company at Lincoln Center has revived a rarely performed 19th-century ghost story, Kaidan Chibusa no Enoki (“The Ghost Tale of the Wet Nurse Tree”).

The Heisei Nakamura-za company at Lincoln Center has revived a rarely performed ghost story, Kaidan Chibusa no Enoki (“The Ghost Tale of the Wet Nurse Tree”).

The Heisei Nakamura-za company at Lincoln Center has revived a rarely performed 19th-century ghost story, Kaidan Chibusa no Enoki (“The Ghost Tale of the Wet Nurse Tree”).

The Heisei Nakamura-za company at Lincoln Center has revived a rarely performed ghost story, Kaidan Chibusa no Enoki (“The Ghost Tale of the Wet Nurse Tree”).

The Heisei Nakamura-za company at Lincoln Center has revived a rarely performed 19th-century ghost story, Kaidan Chibusa no Enoki (“The Ghost Tale of the Wet Nurse Tree”).

The Heisei Nakamura-za company at Lincoln Center has revived a rarely performed ghost story, Kaidan Chibusa no Enoki (“The Ghost Tale of the Wet Nurse Tree”).

The Heisei Nakamura-za company at Lincoln Center has revived a rarely performed 19th-century ghost story, Kaidan Chibusa no Enoki (“The Ghost Tale of the Wet Nurse Tree”).

The Heisei Nakamura-za company at Lincoln Center has revived a rarely performed ghost story, Kaidan Chibusa no Enoki (“The Ghost Tale of the Wet Nurse Tree”).

The Heisei Nakamura-za company at Lincoln Center has revived a rarely performed 19th-century ghost story, Kaidan Chibusa no Enoki (“The Ghost Tale of the Wet Nurse Tree”).

The Heisei Nakamura-za company at Lincoln Center has revived a rarely performed ghost story, Kaidan Chibusa no Enoki (“The Ghost Tale of the Wet Nurse Tree”).

The Heisei Nakamura-za company at Lincoln Center has revived a rarely performed 19th-century ghost story, Kaidan Chibusa no Enoki (“The Ghost Tale of the Wet Nurse Tree”).

The Heisei Nakamura-za company at Lincoln Center has revived a rarely performed ghost story, Kaidan Chibusa no Enoki (“The Ghost Tale of the Wet Nurse Tree”).

Zangiku monogatari [The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum] - Kenji Mizoguchi 1939 -- "The adopted son of legendary kabuki actor Kikunosuke, who is striving to achieve stardom by mastering female roles, turns to his infant brother's wet nurse for support & affection, & she soon gives up everything for her beloved's creative glory."

Zangiku monogatari [The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum] - Kenji Mizoguchi 1939 -- "The adopted son of legendary kabuki actor Kikunosuke, who is striving to achieve stardom by mastering female roles, turns to his infant brother's wet nurse for support & affection, & she soon gives up everything for her beloved's creative glory."

Iwai Hanshiro IV as the wet nurse Masaoka and Sawamura Tozo as the evil serving lady Yashio, Toyokuni

Iwai Hanshiro IV as the wet nurse Masaoka and Sawamura Tozo as the evil serving lady Yashio, Toyokuni

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