Somemaru’s Sense of Humor 染丸師匠のユーモアのセンス

Last week I performed the role Tarôkaja in the kyogen play “Shibiri.” Since I had been out of touch with Somemaru for the better part of three weeks, I sent him a picture of me on show night, just prior to going on. He responded with a text message, telling me I looked good in costume.

This week Somemaru performed all week at the Hanjôtei afternoon show. I went with a friend to see his show on Tuesday. After the show I visited him in his dressing room. He surprised me with a present in an envelope. I had no idea what it was. He told me to open it there. What I pulled out of the envelope made me laugh at the top of my lungs. It was the picture of me in costume as Tarôkaja, superimposed onto an image of the majestic Mt. Fuji!

I think the only way I could become more Japanese would be to naturalize as a Japanese citizen! This picture makes it clear that Somemaru has a great sense of humor on and off the stage.

Thank you for the gift Shishô, and for the good laugh.






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