Another Old Name Renewed: Bun’nosuke もう一つ名跡復活、文之助

Bun'nosuke III. Photo property of Rakuten Tickets (.co.jp)Daily Sports ran the following article today:

Katsura Jakumatsu Becomes Katsura Bun’nosuke III

On October 6, Kamigata rakugoka Katsura Jakumatsu (57) took the name Katsura Bun’nosuke III. To mark the occasion he appeared in a name ascension ceremony and performance in Osaka. This is the first time the name Katsura Bun’nosuke has been used in 83 years. Katsura Bun’nosuke III commented on his goals after the show: “I want to keep practicing, and bring a new presence of mind to the stage.”

In addition to other members of the Katsura Beichô school¹ being present during the opening address (kôjô), Kamigata Rakugo Association Chairperson Katsura Bunshi and Vice Chairperson Shôfukutei Tsurube were also on hand. Bunshi told the audience, “He is a dexterous and versatile entertainer who can perform both the classics and original pieces.  I look forward to him furthering the greatness of this name.”

今日、デイリースポーツが以下の記事を掲載した。

桂雀松 「桂文之助」三代目を襲名

上方の落語家、桂雀松(57)が6日、大名跡「桂文之助」の三代目を襲名し、大阪市内で襲名披露公演を開いた。「文之助」の復活は83年ぶり。三代目文之助は終演後「稽古、高座を新たな気持ちでやっていきたい」と抱負を語った。

口上には同じ桂米朝一門¹の落語家のほか、上方落語協会会長の桂文枝、同副会長の笑福亭鶴瓶も並んだ。文枝は「古典も創作も両方できる器用で多芸な人。どうか名前を大きくしていただきたい」と客席に呼び掛けた。

¹ Bun’nosuke III is a pupil of the late Katsura Shijaku, who was Katsura Beichô direct pupil. 三代文之助は故桂枝雀の弟子で、枝雀は桂米朝の直弟子。Article 記事へ

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