Yamato kotoba suikoden (A Japanese reading of the tales of the water margin: 和訓水滸伝) was a kabuki adaptation by Iso Isosuke at the Kado no Shibai, Osaka, in 7/1776, of Chikamatsu Monzaemon's 11/1718 ningyô jôruri sewamono (domestic puppet play: 淨瑠璃世話物) premiering at the Takemoto no Shibai, Osaka, as Hakata Kojorô nami makura (The girl from Hakata, or love at sea: 博多小女郎浪枕), which in turn was adapted for kabuki as Koi minato hakata no hitouchi (恋湊博多諷).
Hakata Kojorô nami makura is often called simply "Kezori," the story of the pirate Kezori Kuemon. It is based on a real-life incident involving a gang of seven smugglers who were caught in Nagasaki. Their punishment was exile, but only after their noses were cut off and they were put in stocks for three days on the Kôrai Bridge in Ôsaka in 10/1718. Chikamatsu's play was staged the next month. The main plot involves Kezori's smuggling intrigues, an attempt by the Kyoto merchant Komachiya Soshichi to ransom the Hakata courtesan Kojorô, and Soshichi's colluding with Kezori in the trade of contraband goods, which he agrees to do, under threat of death, in exchange for Kezori ransoming Kojorô for him. In the end, Soshichi is caught and commits suicide, while Kezori and his gang of thugs are sentenced to exile. Only Kojorô is found innocent.
References: IKBYS-II, no. 20; NKE, p. 144; see also Donald Keene, Major Plays of Chikamatsu (New York: Columbia University Press, 1961, pp. 351-386)