Kôjô and Shûmei-kai 口上と襲名会

The main event today was the Tuesday edition of a week-long shûmei (succession of name) ceremony for Shôfukutei Kotsuru, who began his professional rakugo career in 1975 with Shôfukutei Shikaku V. Kotsuru was given his own master’s name, which is quite an honor. Contratulations. Somemaru was the show’s first-half closer, and intermission was followed by a kôjô (formal address) by several top Kamigata rakugo masters (including Somemaru), who offered words of congratulations mixed with comical anecdotes. It was a fun program, which I was glad to witness from backstage.

今日のメイン・イベントは昭和50年より五代目笑福亭枝鶴一門の笑福亭小つる師匠の一週間も続く火曜日版の襲名披露講演でした。今回は小つる師匠は自分の師匠の名前をいただき、六代目笑福亭枝鶴に襲名しまして、とても素晴らしい名誉です。おめでとうございます!染丸師匠は中トリを務めて、中入りの後は口上がありまして、上方落語の大師匠(染丸も含めて)めでたい言葉やら、面白い思い出の話も申し上げました。裏まら拝見させていただいたが、とても素敵な口上でした。

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