Hanayama Hot Spring 花山温泉

Today we drove to the Hanayama Hot Spring Resort in Wakayama, about two hours south of Osaka. Here is held one of the various  chi’iki yose, which I mentioned in a previous blog. This particular one is called the “Hanayama Hot Spring Narikami [Thunder God] -tei Hayashiya Somemaru Production,” and had its tenth show today.

The show is held in a large party room at the Hanayama. The following is a shot after we set up the stage, before guests were let in. Note the zabuton cushions on the floor. This is the way that yose should be. Audiences should sit on the tatami floor like this, as if they were in their own home. It allows them to relax and feel more like they are communicating with the hanashika instead of simply being performed to or talked at.

To celebrate the tenth show, Somemaru and four of his pupils presented a word-play game show. A few games were played. In one the hanashika had to name flowers that could be associated with the numbers 1 to 10 (e.g., 1 (ichi) = ichihatsu [iris]) The audience loved it and even got rowdy as they too shouted out answers to help out hanashika, whether they needed it or not.

This is a picture of Somemaru drinking tea in our dressing room. He sure looks good in kimono, doesn’t he?

今日は大阪より2時間南にある和歌山の花山温泉まで運転しました。前のブログに地域寄席について書きましたが、花山温泉にもあります。この地域寄席は「花山温泉鳴神亭林家染丸ぷろでゅーず」と言います。今日は第十回でした。

今日の会は花山温泉の広い宴会室で行われました。上から二番目の写真は準備が終わって、お客さんの入る前ところでした。床においている座布団をご覧ください。この状態は寄席に一番いいと思われます。なぜならば、お客さんが畳みの上に座って、自分の家にいる感じがします。こうしたら落ち着くし、噺家がパフォーマンスをしている、噺家に話されている気分より、お互いに同じ目線で会話している感じがします。

第十回会の記念に染丸師匠が弟子さん4人と言葉遊びのゲームショーを贈りました。それぞれありましたが、その中、弟子さんが数字1から10が着く花(例:1=イチハツ)を順番に言わないといけなかったです。これもお客さんがとても喜んで、必要なくても、噺家を手伝うように答えをどんどんと叫びだしました。

最後の写真ですが、楽屋座敷にてお茶をいただいている染丸師匠でいらっしゃいます。着物がとても似合いますね〜!

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