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Sewamono, or "talk of the town", was one of the two major types of Kabuki plays. [1]

Sewamono characters were often being played by women, and were much more sensitive, restrained and romantic in feel then the jidaimono style plays. One large category of sewamono plays dealt with double suicides, and it was in these pieces that the Sewamono style was seen to their best advantage, since the portrayal of intense emotion exemplifies this style of entertainment. [citation needed]

In sewamono, the characters were merchants, prostitutes, shopkeepers, firemen and so on, the lowest level of society, and the plays often revolved around a conflict between duty to one's family or group, and human emotions, which may be a forbidden love which causes a dramatic climax. [citation needed]


  1. Way of the Crane, p. 64

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