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Princess Kiku_ A Japanese Romance A Play for Girls

Princess Kiku_ A Japanese Romance
A Play for Girls
Title: Princess Kiku_ A Japanese Romance A Play for Girls
Release Date: 2019-02-21
Type book: Text
Copyright Status: Public domain in the USA.
Date added: 27 March 2019
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18 Ann Street, New York



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BARBARA. Drama; well-written romantic story with touches of genuine humor; 1 act; 50 minutes22
BETSY. Farcical comedy; keeps audience in roars of laughter to final curtain; 3 acts; 2½ hours76
BETWEEN TWO FIRES. Military drama; 3 acts; 2 hours83
BROKEN PROMISES. Strong temperance play of unflagging interest, relieved with much eccentric humor; 5 acts; 1¾ hours63
BY FORCE OF IMPULSE. (Off to the War). Military drama; comic and emotional; 5 acts; 2½ hours93
CASTE. Comedy that always delights the public; 3 acts; 2¾ hours53
CRAWFORD’S CLAIM; OR NUGGET NELL. Good rattling Western drama; 4 acts; 2¼ hours93
CRICKET ON THE HEARTH, THE. Dickens’ story dramatized; 3 acts; 2 hours66
DEACON’S TRIBULATIONS, THE. Comedy drama. A worthy successor to the ever-popular “Deacon”; 4 acts; 2 hours84
EAST LYNNE. Standard drama; 5 acts; 2½ hours87
ENGAGED. Society comedy; full of burlesque fun; 3 acts; 2¼ hours55
FROM PUNKIN RIDGE. Domestic drama; successful wherever produced; 1 act; 1 hour63
HOME. Comedy; fresh dialogue and genuine humor combined with a very strong plot; 3 acts; 2 hours43
HONEY-MOON ECLIPSE, A. Comedy marked by spirited dialogue and an abundance of comic incidents; 1 act; 30 minutes12
IMOGENE; OR, THE WITCH’S SECRET. Realistic drama sure of being enthusiastically received everywhere; 4 acts; 2¼ hours84
IN HONOR BOUND. Drama always given with entire success; 1 act; ¾ hour22
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JEMIMA, OR, THE WITCH OF BENDER. Very laughable in its absurd complications; 3 acts; 2 hours44
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MARRIED LIFE. Comedy; companion piece to “Single Life”; 3 acts; 2 hours55
MEG’S DIVERSION. Drama; pathetic, humorous and picturesque; 2 acts; 1¾ hours53
MEN, MAIDS AND MATCHMAKERS. Society comedy sparkling with wit, interest and human nature; 3 acts; 2 hours44
MIRIAM’S CRIME. Drama; the interest in this play is kept up to the very end; 3 acts; 2 hours52

DICK & FITZGERALD, Publishers, 18 Ann St., N. Y.


A Japanese Romance. A Play for Girls


Copyright, 1903, by Dick & Fitzgerald


18 Ann Street





Princess KikuFavorite niece of the Emperor
O Mimosa San}Ladies-in-waiting
O Yuki San
O Totmai San
O Haru San
SakaraA learned Japanese lady devoted to ancient customs
ItoA little girl, dressed as a boy
Lady Cecil CavendishAn English girl travelling in Japan
Miss PrendergastHer companion
Moonbeam Fairies.


Time.—The present.

Time of Performance.—Two hours.


Scene I. The Chrysanthemum Garden and Summer-House.Princess Kiku and her ladies-in-waiting. Intrusion of LadyCecil. Story of the shipwrecked baby.

Scene II. Same as before. Sakara bribes little Ito to bringmisfortune on the Princess by a play-act, which the Princess believesis reality. Mimosa’s description of the Emperor’s reception.The working of Sakara’s spell.

Scene III. Room in a Japanese hotel. Miss Prendergast’ssolicitude for Arthur, Cecil’s brother. Mutual quizzing.

Scene IV. Room in the house of Sakara. Sakara gives Itofurther instruction. Mimosa’s fruitless embassy. Sakara’scurse.

[Pg 4]

Scene V. Room in Japanese house. Kiku’s hallucination:“What I touch withers.” Cecil and companion’s interview withKiku’s ladies. Miss Prendergast’s consternation.

Scene VI. The Chrysanthemum Garden. Ito repents. Kikusupposed she had struck Ito blind. He confesses it was play-acting.The story of the shipwreck. The heiress is found.


The principal garment worn by Japanese ladies is the kimono.This outer garment or coat is made of silk, generally of a quietcolor ornamented with Japanese designs; or, for general purposes,of figured calico, turkey red or orange cotton. The backhas no seam and the front is open from top to bottom, slopingoutward below the waist to show the underskirt; the neck istrimmed V shaped, or faced and turned over to form a collar,bringing to view a colored kerchief folded across the breast; thesleeves are loose and end in long, wide, rectangular-shaped bags,wide open from wrist down and lined. The underskirt, only visiblein front, is of a different color and richly ornamented withgilt and bright Japanese designs.

To complete the costume, a long, wide sash is passed twicearound the waist and gathered behind into an immense butterflybow and ends.

The hair is arranged in pompadour style, and the back hairbrought high up on the top of the head and ornamented withlarge, showy pins and little fans.

The eyebrows should be penciled black. Two fine black lines,one above the upper and one below the lower eyelash, continuedoutward, curved slightly upward and meeting just beyond theouter corner of each eye, give quite a Japanese style to the face.

The little “Moonbeam Fairies” should be costumed in similarstyle as to their garments, but of white or different light-coloredmaterial, the sleeves shorter and the sash smaller than in theladies’ costumes, and white stockings drawn over their shoes.

Sakara’s costume should be of sombre hues, the face made upfor a wrinkled old hag.

Lady Cecil is in well-fitting English travelling costume.

Miss Prendergast, the same, but in accordance with her sixtyyears. Hair, silver-white.

[Pg 5]


Scene I. Flat square cushions, on which the girls kneel, sittingback on their heels in Japanese fashion; loose chrysanthemums;stool in summer-house; girls carry fans in hands orgirdles.

Scene II. Grass or straw rope; Eastern rugs; loose chrysanthemums;guitar or samisen; cushions.

Scene III. Sock, thimble, needle; dead flower.

Scene IV. Presents on tray; books; cushions.

Scene V. Japanese umbrellas, flowers, vases; square lowtable; cushions.

Scene VI. Flowers; tiny silk bag.


Scene I. Background and wings of dark curtains, with massesof real or imitation chrysanthemums. A summer-house raisedon a small platform can be made with a Japanese umbrella anda screen, as in diagram.

Plan of stage, showing:Stage Right: Chrysanthemum bed with 1Up Stage Right: Chrysanthemum bedUp Stage Left: Summer-house 4 with 2 at entranceStage Left: Chrysanthemum bed with 3Caption:The dotted lines mark the limits of the Chrysanthemum beds.1 Totmai.      2 Yuki.      3 Haru.      4 Summer House.

Scene II. The same as Scene I.

Scene III. Perfectly plain screens stretched round the stage.[Pg 6]One wooden table, rush-bottomed chair, portmanteau, coats,dressing-case, etc.

Scene IV. Japanese screens, idols or figures, small cabinet,etc. Sword suspended from screen.

Scene V. Screens, Japanese draperies, palms, etc., etc.

Scene VI. Scene I., as before.

Note.The complete words and score of the musical comedy“San Toy,” to the airs of which the song in this entertainmentadapt themselves, can be supplied by Dick & Fitzgerald, post-paid,on receipt of $2.00.


R., right, as performer stands facing audience; L., left, as performerstands facing audience; C., centre; U. E., upper entrance,i.e., entrance nearest the back of stage; 1 E., first entrance, i.e.,entrance nearest footlights; UP STAGE, away from footlights;DOWN STAGE, toward footlights.


The Japanese are notably and effusively polite in their deportment.Japanese girls are especially kind-hearted and obliging.Their religion denies them immortality, and they believe thattheir paramount duty in life is to please.

Their education imbues them with an intense love of flowers,bright colors and all that is beautiful; it inculcates the extremeof social etiquette in every-day deportment; it adds words ofcompliment in the commonest phrases of conversation, and, moreover,teaches them to rely on signs, omens and tutelary gods, bothgood and evil.

In this “Romance” the quaint and sprightly style of Japaneseexpressions is carried out as faithfully as possible, and the performersmust study carefully the endless obeisances and quaintdialogue which are indispensable to make it effective.

The scenery, where available, may be elaborate, as in Japaneseoperas, but excellent effect may be obtained with a few Japaneseplain and ornamental screens, Japanese umbrellas, fans andplenty of chrysanthemums, real or artificial, and of various colors.




SCENE I.—The Chrysanthemum Garden. Summer-house onraised platform, up stage L. Entrances R. U. E. and L. 1 E.Yuki discovered seated on the step of the summer-house.Totmai and Haru both on one knee down stage, R. and L.,among the flowers. They commence singing a little beforethe curtain is raised.


Air: Chorus to “The Moon,” “San Toy,” Act I.

In the land of Japan,
Dainty maids wave a fan;
This way twirl, that way twist,
With a grace none resist.
All the day bright and gay,
Dainty feet none may stay;
This way slide, that way glide,
Point and turn, spring aside.
Swift to rise with the dawn,
Flowers to bind all the morn;
This one pluck, that one leave,
Dainty care all receive.
In the land of Japan,
Dainty maids wave a fan;
With a grace none resist,
This way twirl, that way twist.

[After song Totmai and Haru rise and begin pickingflowers.

[Pg 8]

Totmai. How sweet honorable blossoms with beautiful dewupon them. The Princess promises rare flowers for the exaltedfestival this evening.

Yuki. Which of us will accompany Her Gracious Highness?

Haru. It is said that soon at the august Court all will wearugly, clumsy dress of barbarian foreigners.

Yuki and Totmai. You say so, O Haru?

Haru. O grief-making! I have honorable knowledge thatthis is so. What can be prettier than our dear kimonos and obi?Their strange dresses, thick, clumsy things on their feet?

Totmai. How laughter-making is the great Englishman!

Yuki. Laughter-making? He seems strangely solemn. I expecthonorable barbarian does not like to be so big and clumsy,poor man! Ah (laughs), if your worthy eyes could have seenhim at exalted tea-making! He (rises and comes down C., imitatinggestures) took the cup in his big, big hand. Do you know,O Totmai and O Haru, I thought he would put it all in hismouth when he opened it, without uttering honorable courtesies,and drank it all down before His August Majesty had taken morethan

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