Thoughtful Words 思いやりあふれるお言葉

My students presented me with thoughtful words in this nice card. Thank YOU all, so much. Keep up the great work.

生徒さんからこのかわいらしいカードをいただき、その中に思いやりあふれるお言葉までも… こちらこそ、本当にどうもありがとう。これからも頑張ってくださいね。

card from students, June 2013 (cover) Card from students, June 2013


Students Make Teachers 生徒が先生を育てる

Curtain call 6.6.2013

In his book Kamigata rakugo wa doko e yuku (Where Will Kamigata Rakugo Go?), Katsura Fukudanji (1940-) writes that “it takes at least three days to prepare for a rakugo show.” Three days…  I suppose this is one of the things that separates professionals from amateurs.

Yobikoe (kyôgen)It took my students and I about seven weeks to prepare for our recent show, Drama! Dance! Drums! Granted, for most, it was their first time doing anything on stage, let alone Japanese performing arts. There were many firsts for me too. Still, we were able to bring everything together and give the audience a fast-paced and entertaining show.

My students made me very proud.

Dojô sukuiAnd they taught me a great deal about being a teacher. They asked terrific questions throughout the term that pushed me to be better informed about Japanese drama and music.

I hope my students learned as much as I did in the course of the term.

Great work everyone (otsukaresama deshita)!

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Rakugo 6.6.2013「上方落語はどこへ行く」という本の中に桂福団治師匠 (1940-) が、「ひとつの会をするのに、三日はかかる…」と書きました。三日…  これはプロの素人の違いの一つでしょうね。



Komai (Kaminari)それに、「先生」という役割について色々と気づかせてくれました。毎日とてもいい質問を聞いたり、日本の演劇や音楽などについてもうちょっと説明できるように考えさせてくれました。



先の記事を読む→ いよいよ今週

nihon.buyo2 Karakasa (kouta)Shibiri (kyôgen) ShishimaiNoh-butoh fusion Nihon buyôManzai Taiko

Show This Week いよいよ今週!

Vanguard article by Megan Fresh, May 30, 2013The Center for Japanese Studies at Portland State University will present a show co-directed by Prof. Wynn Kiyama and myself, featuring a talented group of students in a grand showcase of Japanese performing arts.

Our students have worked very hard this term and are just about ready to go on! The show — DRAMA! DANCE! DRUMS! — is this week, and it is going to be a good one!

The show will include the following:

  • Komai (kyôgen dance)
  • Kouta (“little songs” with shamisen accompaniment)
  • Kyôgen (medieval farce)
  • Manzai (two-person stand-up comedy)
  • Nihon buyô (traditional dance)
  • Nô & butô dance fusion (a mix of medieval and modern)
  • Rakugo
  • Taiko (group drumming)

Drama! Dance! Drums! is on Thursday June 6, 2013 in the Recital Hall (rm. 75) at PSU’s Lincoln Hall. The show starts promptly at 7:30 p.m. FREE and open to the public.

We are getting great press for the show, and seats are limited. Be sure to arrive a little early for a memorable evening of Japanese performing arts!

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今学期、生徒さんはお稽古など一生懸命頑張り、舞台に出る準備はほとんどオーケーです。ショーは「演劇!踊!太鼓!」(DRAMA! DANCE! DRUMS!) と言いまして、とても楽しい一時となると思います。


  • 小舞
  • 小唄
  • 狂言
  • 漫才
  • 日本舞踊
  • 能と舞踏のフュージョン
  • 落語
  • 組太鼓


Drama! Dance! Drums! は2013年6月6日(木)の午後7時30分に開演いたします。会場はポートランド州立大学のキャンパス内にあるリンカーンホールの中のリサイタルホール(75号室)です。入場無料。


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Drama Dance Drums flyer

Flyer チラシ

“The Sensei” 「ザ・センセイ」

shores sensei by takacheeI am lucky to have another group of talented students, this time for the course Traditional Japanese Drama.

Last year the final project for this course was a kabuki production, which I directed the hayashi ensemble and played ozatsuma shamisen for. This year I was planning on making kyôgen the centerpiece of our show Drama, Dance, Drums, but, since I’ve got such a great group, we’re going to take on even more.

In addition to two kyôgen plays, we are  going to do a kyôgen dance (komai), a kouta (“little song”) accompanied by shamisen, a comical folk dance called Dojô sukui (Loach Fisher), a nô-butô dance fusion, and rakugo. And, believe it or not, there will be even more. My co-director and his students will be putting on several taiko and buyô numbers, including a lion dance (shishimai). We are all very excited for the show, and it is a great pleasure to teach such a course.

We have our formal rehearsal sessions on Friday afternoons. While one student was waiting for her rehearsal time, she apparently painted me from the side. I had no idea she was doing this, but was pleasantly surprised when she shared the work with me. The work (above) is titled “The Sensei.” You can see more of her work at this site.

We have about six more weeks until our recital on June 6, and we hope to see you there!