Deshi Life, Final Day 弟子生活終了日

Today was my final day with Somemaru as a full-time pupil. There is much I could say here as far as “final remarks” go, but, not only do I think my words would not suffice, I also feel it would be premature of me to do so… After all, I still have thirteen months to go here in Japan, and I am sure that I will see Somemaru a number of times during that stretch.

Somemaru gave me a thoughtful gift to inspire me as I return to book studies. He presented me with a white folding fan, on which he brushed: “To Matt, Fortune is now turning in your favor.¹ From Hayashiya Somemaru IV.”

  1. Ichi yô rai fuku 一陽来復: lit. “one positive [in ying-yang terms] and fortune comes.” This saying also implies “spring is here,” and “things are finally starting to look up.”

I thanked Somemaru for the fan, and all he has done for me up to this point. I also told him that I am looking forward to spending time with him in the future, whether it be for something related to rakugo or not. After all, not only is Somemaru my shishô, I also think of him as a close friend.

Since I will be on my own beginning tomorrow, I will discontinue posting daily blog entries. Please do check in from time to time, though, as I will make posts if I see Somemaru, or have something else rakugo-related to share.

今日は僕、師匠のフルタイム弟子としての生活の終了日でした。ここで様々な結びの言葉を書くことができますが、今までの経験、そうしてそれに対しての気持ちには足りないでしょう。最後じゃないから、付け加えるようなことを言うのはまだ早いと思います。やはり、あと13ヶ月も日本にいるので、これからも師匠に何度も会えるのでしょう。

机上の勉強に向けて、師匠が心のこもったギフトをくださいました。白扇に次のメッセージを書いてくださいました:「マット江、一陽来復。四代目林家染丸」。(上の写真)

白扇にとっても、今までお世話になったことにとっても、師匠に感謝を申し上げました。これから近い将来に、落語と関係なくても、師匠に会えたらなということも申し上げました。ですから、彼が僕の師匠でもあって、僕の大事な友達でもあると心より思っております。

明日よりは僕が一人で頑張っていくということで、すみませんが、毎日クログを書けないと思います。染丸師匠に会うとき、または落語関係のことがあったら、それについて書きたいと思っていますので、時々チェックしに寄ってくださいね。

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