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Form the performance Asahina
This poem is about the plight of hell, lacking souls from too many people being pious and observing the proper ways of Buddhism. The demon Emma-O, who is the great lord of hell, has left in search of sinner. Emma-O is disguised as a begging monk in this performance. The hero of this performance is Asahina who ultimately ends up going to Paradise.
My well-loved Hell thus left behind,
My native Hades left behind.
On foot I jog upon my way,
And now I've reached the Six Highways.
Yes, now he's reach the Six highways.
And here he'll wait till sinners come
That he may haul them down to Hell.
source:Japanese Plays 'Classic Noh, Kyogen, and Kabuki' by A.L. Sadler