Hanashika-san da yo〜「噺家さんダヨ〜」♫

Despite the threat of a little rain, it appears that the 2012  Hikohachi Matsuri was once again a great success. Like every year, Sumiyoshi odori — led by Somemaru — was a crowd favorite. Fortunately, it was sunny and warm during the dance set.

It was sad not being there this year, but I was thrilled to find some video clips of the festival on YouTube (click photo for siratosaburou‘s video). It is wonderful to see Somemaru’s happy smile, looking great as emcee and dancer. Particularly funny is the final number, the newly choreographed Hanashika version of the dance Yakkosan/Anesan. Somemaru and Katsura Sankin had the audience rolling with laughter.

Nice work everyone! You look great!




Hayashiya Somemaru Profile in English 師匠の英語プロフィール

While this blog is titled “Kamigata Rakugo and Me,” it could easily be retitled “Kamigata Rakugo and Me, and Somemaru.” I am quite indebted to Somemaru, and am lucky to spend so much time with him. Since I frequently write about him I decided to post a MASTER SOMEMARU profile page, the link to which you can click here, or find at the top of this site. Please take a look when you have a chance.


Narimono kyôshitsu 鳴物教室

Today Aisome and I drove Somemaru to the Hanjôtei rakugo theater. Today was narimono kyôshitsu (yose instrument class) day. Somemaru gave a dance lesson to some eager zenza (lit. “first-seat,” storytellers in training who go on first during rakugo programs). Fortunately, Somemaru allows me to participate too. Today we learned the dance “Fukugawa,” and reviewed one that we had learned previously, “Kappa.” Some of the zenza are so good, while I’m still having a hard time remembering all the moves. I couldn’t take any pictures during the lesson, so I took one in the car on the way back to Somemaru’s house.

Once we got back, I took this picture of Somemaru and Aisome. This is a Japanese maple tree that they planted earlier in the year, and they are thrilled to see that the tree to doing so well to put on such a colorful display. Somemaru and Aisome also look great in kimono, don’t they?