4

I was looking for information on the Edo-era parlour game hyakkumonogatari kaidankai. I found a lot of academic sources about kaidan themselves (the history, spread, adaption, influence, etc.) But at a certain point I realised there was almost nothing on the actual game part for any time or social class, except for the same handful of rules that have persisted to the modern day. I realise some of these answers are probably lost to time, but I would be interested to know... anything on the subject, really! (Unless I'm going about this all wrong, which is always a possibility ^^;)

In general, what I couldn’t find was information on the event as a social engagement - what was expected of the host? Given that it was at least somewhat expected to be an over-night event, how early were invitees expected to arrive, and when were they expected to leave? Was there a party/food before or after? Who got invited? What level of formality would/could they be? Did women of any class/period participate in kaidankai similar to men's? If not (or in addition) - did their have their own variations on kaidankai? Did they share the same kaidan as the men, or was there a gendered repertoire like some European magic tale traditions?

Bonus question: was this ever a practice in Ryukyu/Okinawa? If it is/was, when was it imported?

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.