Sarutahiko Daijin: Against Shûmei? 猿田彦大神: 襲名反対?

Yesterday I posted the following bit on Twitter (in Japanese):

Today, on Master Sanshi’s blog: “Immediately after my offertory rakugo it started raining. I am guarded by Sarutahiko Daijin.” In Japan when it suddenly starts raining like this, is this a common expression/belief? In the US and elsewhere we usually say “God is crying.” There are all kinds in the world.

And now, this news just in from Suponichi anekkusu makes one wonder about the possibility of divine intervention…

Katsura Sanshi: Taxi Ride in a Jam, ¥140,000, Bill Yoshimoto?

Katsura Sanshi (68), who will ascend to the historic Kamigata Rakugo name Katsura Bunshi this July, visited the Sarutahiko Shrine in Ise City, Mie Prefecture, on February 22. There he prayed for a successful name-change [shûmei] celebration tour, which will begin on July 16, and last about a year and a half.

To get started on the right foot, since the god Sarutahiko Daijin is believed to help guide affairs in the right direction, Sanshi performed at the shrine the story Taiken shita bakari, which has to do with a taxi. It so happened that Sanshi’s apprentice brought with him the wrong size of kimono, so they had to leave their Ise hotel at 11pm by taxi, making a round trip to Sanshi’s home in Ikeda City, to pick up the proper habutae kimono. Recounting the hectic events Sanshi said, “We returned at 5:30am.” Not forgetting to express gratitude to the god of the shrine, he added, “It was by the grace of Sarutahiko Daijin that we could return safely, and feel refreshed despite the lack of sleep.”

Considering such a happening, Sanshi decided to change the story to one of his originals at the last minute. In a press conference that followed, he said with satisfaction, “I kind of felt that I could hear the god chuckling.” He also joked, “I meant to ask the god if I should send the ¥140,000 taxi bill to Yoshimoto, but forgot. I’m sure he would say ‘send it!'” Having announced his name-change celebration tour before the god, he also said with a tightened expression, “It’s hit me that this is all quite real.”

昨日、このツイートを書きました。

今日、三枝師匠のブログで:「奉納落語が終わったとたん雨が降りだしました。猿田彦大神に守られている」と。日本では、この様に雨が急に降り出すと、こんな表現•信じはありました?アメリカなどでは「神様が泣いている」と言います。世の中にいろいろあり。

そして今日、スポニチアネックスからこの記事...いかがでしょう、神様の介入かもしれません?

桂三枝 ハプニングでタクシー代14万円 吉本興業に請求する?

7月に上方落語の大名跡「桂文枝」を襲名する桂三枝(68)が22日、三重県伊勢市の「猿田彦神社」を訪れ、7月16日から約1年半にわたり開かれる襲名披露公演の成功を祈願した。

 物事の最初に現れ、万事を良い方向に導くと言われる猿田彦大神への落語奉納では“体験したばかり”のネタを盛り込んだタクシーの噺(はなし)を披露した。実は弟子が準備した着物の丈が合わず、自身の羽二重の着物を取りに帰るため前日の夜11時から伊勢市内のホテルと大阪・池田市の自宅をタクシーで往復。「戻ってきたのは朝の5時半でした」とドタバタ騒動を明かしたが、「無事着いたのも、寝不足なのにすがすがしい気分なのも猿田彦大神様のおかげ」と感謝も忘れなかった。

 思わぬハプニングも即座に創作落語のネタに変えた三枝。後の会見では「神様の笑い声がちょっと聞こえた気がした」と満足げ。「往復合計で14万円かかったタクシー代を吉本興業に請求していいか神様に聞こうと思って忘れてました。“請求しなさい”と言ってくれると思う」と話し、笑わせる一方、神前で襲名報告を済ませ、「現実なんだなと実感した」と表情を引き締めていた。

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