Hayashiya Someya to Become Kikumaru III 林家染弥が三代目菊丸に

Today I read some fabulous news on the news site Mainichi JP. Somemaru’s number 6 pupil will be promoted to the illustrious name Hayashiya Kikumaru. The following is my translation of the story.

Rakugo — Someya to Receive the Name Hayashiya Kikumaru III: A Big Name from the Meiji Period is Resurrected

Mainichi Newspaper,  September 28, 2013  –  5:00 a.m.

Yoshimoto Creative Agency announced on the 27th that Hayashiya Somemaru school rakugoka Hayashi Someya (39) will be promoted to the name Hayashiya Kikumaru III next September. Kikumaru is an illustrious name in Somemaru’s artistic family line. The last Kikumaru was a popular storyteller in the Meiji period. According to entertainment history scholar Maeda Kenji, it appears that he died around 1900. This will be the first time the name has been used in 115 years.

Someya is from Mie Prefecture and joined Somemaru’s school in 1994. This year, he received the Art Encouragement Award at the Osaka Cultural Festival. Someya stated that, “Next year is my twentieth year since joining Somemaru’s school. I am looking at this year as my rakugo coming of age ceremony (rakugoka toshite no seijin shiki), so I will do my best to grow into this great name.”

Somemaru, who has been undergoing treatment and rehabilitation for a cerebral infarction since June, also attended the press conference and stated, “I want to work hard to get better in time for the name ascension. About Someya, he said, “he’s learned how present classic stories (koten rakugo) in a contemporary fashion, and he has a good character. He’s going to be taking a big name; I hope he lives up to it.”

The first Kikumaru brought recognition to the Hayashiya name in Kamigata at the end of the Edo period (1600-1868), and his biological son became the second Kikumaru. Kikumaru I is thought to have composed the rakugo classics Horikawa and Fudôbô, among others.

Someya, CONGRATULATIONS!!

Previous posts on Kikumaru and Someya.

今日は「毎日jp」で素晴らしいニュースを読みました。染丸師匠の6番弟子である染弥さんが上方落語の名跡の林家菊丸を襲名することになるそうです。以下「毎日jp」からの記事です。

落語:三代目林家菊丸 染弥さん襲名へ 明治の大看板復活

毎日新聞 2013年09月28日 05時00分

林家染丸一門の落語家、林家染弥さん(39)が来年9月、三代目林家菊丸を襲名すると、所属のよしもとクリエイティブ・エージェンシーが27日、発表した。菊丸は染丸の師匠筋にあたる名跡で、先代菊丸は明治期の大看板。芸能史研究家の前田憲司さんによると、1900年ごろ亡くなったとみられ、約115年ぶりの復活となる。

染弥さんは三重県出身で94年、染丸さんに入門。今年度、大阪文化祭賞奨励賞を受賞した。「来年は入門20年の節目。落語家としての成人式のつもりで取り組み、名跡を自分の色で染められるよう頑張りたい」と話した。

6月から脳梗塞(こうそく)で療養・リハビリ中の染丸さんも同席し「襲名に向け元気になり、間に合うよう頑張りたい」と話し、染弥さんについて「現代らしい古典落語をするようになり、性格もいい。大きな名前を継ぐことで、本人も大きくなれば」と語った。

初代菊丸は幕末に活躍して上方林家で名を成し、二代目はその実子。古典落語「堀川」「不動坊」などの作者とされる。

染弥さん、おめでとうございます!

菊丸染弥さんについての以前の記事。

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