Japan Society of Fairfield County
Sunday December 9, 2007
OH-OKU (THE WOMEN OF THE INNER PALACE)
Toru Hayashi’s Oh-Oku is set in 1713 in the Shogun's harem.
Tokugawa Ienobu has recently died, leaving behind an infant heir. The
transition of power was fairly painless, but the
shuffling within Edo’s inner court
proved less so. The former Shogun’s wife, Ten’ei-in (Reiko
Takashima), was barren, and the infant holding title to the Shogunate
the son of his concubine, Gekko-in (Haruka Igawa). As Oh-oku
starts, this rivalry has led to vicious infighting.
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