Elementary School Rakugo Class 小学校での落語授業

children in Shîba village school rakugo class - Ashahi TVI watched a program tonight on TV Asahi (Ch.5, Tokyo) called Nani kore: chin hyakkei (What’s This! Unusual Sites). Therein was a segment called “Unusual Schools,” which I found quite interesting.

There’s an elementary school in Shîba village, Miyazaki prefecture, which has less than 10 students. Because there are so few students in attendance and they do not have regular opportunities to speak in front of large groups, they take a rakugo class to be able to practice speaking in front of others. In fact, this class has been a part of the school’s curriculum for some 24 years.

children in Shîba village school rakugo class - Ashahi TV

In the feature, students could be seen working hard at repeating the lines of rakugo stories. They were so adorable. They seemed to thoroughly enjoy performing rakugo. It turns out that some students perform rakugo at national children’s rakugo competitions.

children in Shîba village school rakugo class - Ashahi TVStudents even have the luxury of receiving one-on-one training from professional rakugoka three times a year. In the feature, Tokyo rakugoka Shunpûtei Ryûnosuke could be seen giving formal sit-down lessons (suwari-geiko) to children. He was sweating and quite hard on them.

I was pleasantly surprised to learn that there has been a rakugo class at this school for 24 years.

To the students in Shîba village: keep up the great work!

children in Shîba village school rakugo class - Ashahi TV今晩、テレビ朝日(5チャネル 東京)で「ナニコレ 珍百景」という番組を見ましたが、その中の一つに「学校珍百景」というコーナーがあって、最も興味深かったです。

宮崎県椎葉村の小学校は、学生の数が少なく10人もいないため、普段多くの人と話す機会がなく、人前で話すのに慣れるため、落語の授業が行われています。しかも、24年ほど前からこの落語の授業が行われています。

Children in rakugo class - Asahi TV取材で学生さんが一生懸命ネタを繰り返し、とても可愛かったです。皆さんが落語をとても楽しんで演っていて、こども落語全国大会に出ることもあるそうです。

children in Shîba village school rakugo class - Ashahi TVとても贅沢なことに、学生さんはプロの落語家に年に3回マンツーマンの授業を受けることもできます。取材では春風亭柳之助の座り稽古を受けている場面もあり、汗をかきながら厳しく指導していました。

24年も落語が小学校の授業になっていることに驚きました。

椎葉村の皆さん、これからも頑張ってくださいね。

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