With English subtitles and liner notes. NTSC, Region Code 2. 126 minutes. Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami - Sugawara and the Secrets of Caligraphy was first performed in 1746. The story is about the rivalry between the caligraphy master and 'Minister of the Right' at the Imperial Court, Sugawara no Michizane and the evil 'Minister of the Left', Fujiwara no Shihei. In addition there are several sub-plots including triplet brothers and seperation of a child and parent.
Vol. 1 consists of 4 acts ; Daijo Oouchi, Kamo Zutsumi, Hippou Denju and Tsukiji. Daijo Oouchi was performed in 1972, all others were performed in 1996 by Shokadayu Toyotake, Eidayu Toyotake, Tsunadayu Takemoto, Tamao Yoshida and others.
Kamo Zutsumi - The Kamo River Bank- concerns the forbidden relationship between Kan Shojo's adopted daughter, Kariyahime, and the emperor's younger brother Prince Tokiyo. In Hippou Denju - The Transmission of the Caligraphy Secrets- Shihei accuses Kan Shojo of arranging the relationship between his daughter and Prince Tokiyo. Kan Shojo is innocent but is banished.