The Love Suicide at Sonezaki: Ohatsu and Tokubei
The Love Suicides at Sonezaki (Sonezaki Shinjū) is a love-suicide play by Chikamatsu, originally performed in 1703. Needless to say, I have never seen the play myself. Ohatsu is a concubine, Tokubei, a merchant. They want to marry, but due to a series of unfortunate dramas, find they have no choice but to run away in the dead of night, and commit suicide in the forest. We shot the final scene which came to place as Ohatsu urged Tokubei that they should commit double-suicide and get married in heaven because they would not be able to do so in their current lives. Realizing the situation and, that Ohatsu was willing to give her life for him, Tokubei decided to commit suicide. The two secretly left Tenmaya and headed to the forest of Sonezaki, where they pledged eternal love.
Ohatsu: Xelyna http://www.thegothiclolita.blogspot.com.au/
Photography: Melanie Rose Thomas
The photos were hung on Japanese scrolls and displayed in a gallery in Osaka for four rotations in a cultural exhibition in 2011. Unfortunately, we missed seeing it in person when I made my visit to Japan last year.