This Weekend: “Skosh Japanese” 今週末:「少しジャパニーズ」

SkoshPosterI was kindly invited to perform rakugo this weekend at “Skosh (a little) Japanese,” a children’s festival and culture fair being hosted by the Mt. Hood Community College Japanese Club & Ebetsu Gresham Sister City Association.

I am honored to be a part of this special celebration, and to share the stage with big-name artists such as Portland Taiko, koto virtuoso Mizuki Dazai, and best-selling author Kristina McMorris. There will also be children’s activities, tea ceremony, calligraphy, ikebana (flower arrangement), bonsai, and haiku booths.

I will have the stage from 12:00 to 12:45pm. I have yet to decide which story to perform. I think I should do something interesting for all ages including children, so maybe a story like “The Zoo” (Dôbutsuen), or “Morning Toiletries” (Chôzu mawashi). These would be good because they are quite physical stories, and easy to follow. I have heard them told numerous times, but have never performed them in public myself. I better decide and get practicing!

“Skosh Japanese” will be held on Saturday, May 11, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Mt. Hood Community College – Gresham Campus. I hope to see you there!

"The Outlook" article by Rob Cullivan今週末、マウント・フッド・コミュニティカレッジの日本クラブと江別・グレシャム姉妹都市協会が「少しジャパニーズ」という子ども祭りと文化フェアを主催しますが、僕が落語を紹介するために親切な招待をいただきました。


12時〜12時45分の間に落語を演らせていただきますが、根多はまだ決めていません…  子どもを含むすべての年齢が楽しめるような落語がいいのですが、「動物園」、または「手水廻し」のような噺がいいかもしれません。仕草も多いし、分かりやすい根多です。この噺は何度も聴いていますが、僕はまだ人の前では演ったことはない… 早う決めてお稽古せんな。



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