Sanshi: “I, the fact is, have been blessed.” 三枝:「僕は 恵まれたと言うことです」

On July 17, Sanshi posted the following regarding taking the name Katsura Bunshi VI:

More than anything
I’m glad things ended at the Kyôbashi Kagetsu Theater without a hitch.
 
Now
Just why I want to move from Sanshi to Bunshi
I’ll start with this
 
These [artistic names]
Along with stories themselves
Transcend time
Connected to artistic schools
They are like family heirlooms 
They are a hanshika’s destiny. This is something one can’t have though they may desire it
I
The fact is, have been blessed.
 
But
Still
This incredible, monumental name
I can but gaze at it  
It feels not like reality.
 
In time
I can only hope the name begins to fit
Like wearing suits for the first time
At first they never look right
 
But, but
 
Pleasing my audiences
Is something I will strive for
By dedicating myself wholly to rakugo.
 
Please
Look at me in the long run.

今日、7月17日に三枝師匠が次のようにブログに書きました:

なによりも
京橋花月を無事終えて良かったです。

では
なぜ
三枝から文枝になりたいのか
と言う話から

それは
噺とともに
時代を越えて
脈々と繋いできた
家宝みたいなもので
噺家の宿命だと思います。継ぎたくても継げないことで
僕は
恵まれたと言うことです。

でも
まだ
立派な重い名前を
ながめているだけで
実感はありません。

そのうち
似合ってくればよいと
はじめてのスーツも
はじめはみにあわないもので

ただただ
お客様に喜んで
頂けるように
落語に打ち込むだけです。

どうか
長い目で見てください。

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Tatekawa Danshi: “Sanshi, you’re a fxxxing idiot!!” 立川談志:「三枝のバカヤローへ」

This just in from Oricon News…

KATSURA SANSHI, SUCCESSION TO “KATSURA BUNSHI VI” OPPOSED BY TATEKAWA DANSHI

On the 16th at a Tokyo hotel, rakugoka Katsura Sanshi (68) held a press conference to announce that he would be succeeding the name Katsura Bunshi VI. It has been reported that before this day, which marks the beginning of a one year run up to taking the historic Kamigata rakugo name Katsura Bunshi, Sanshi conferred with no one but [Tokyo rakugo grand master] Tatekawa Danshi (75) about the idea of succession. “No way,” Danshi reportedly said, and strongly opposed, “you’ve made the name Sanshi big all by yourself, now stick with that name as a hanashika!” Sanshi commented, “I was at a loss about what to do for two years,” but today continued, “I am not at a loss, nor am I the least bit unsure about this. Next year on July 17, I will take the name Katsura Bunshi VI. I’m terribly sorry.” To Danshi, who is not in the best health, Sanshi conveyed the following message. “I hope you get well very soon.”

Following the meeting between the two, when the decision was made to take the name, Danshi fell ill. Though he reportedly tried, Sanshi was not able to tell Danshi the news in person. It was a mutual friend,  Dokumamushi Sandayû,  who shared the news with Danshi. Shortly thereafter [on July 10, 2011], a harsh fax arrived from Danshi. “That’s life for you. So Bunshi is a better name than Sanshi after all, huh? Well, if that how it is, there’s nothing anybody can do about it. Do what you like. Sanshi, you’re a fxxxing idiot!!” Today Sanshi welled up somewhat as he read aloud the message he had received from Danshi.

Katsura Bunshi V, who was also Sanshi’s master, was dubbed one of the “Four Heavenly Kings of Kamigata Rakugo.” After an illustrious career he passed away in 2005. This year commemorates the seventh year since his death. Today, Sanshi, Bunshi’s oldest pupil, stated, considering “my own age,” and moreover, that his contractor Yoshimoto Kôgyô would be turning 100 next year, and the timing, “it’s now or never. I decided to proceed.” He announced that on the day of his succession, he will begin a grand program of celebration with a reception titled “From Sanshi to Katsura Bunshi VI,” to be held at the Osaka Namba Grand Kagetsu Theater. At this point in time Sanshi is planning on making stops in at least five major [Japanese] cities, at venues that can seat up to 2,000 people. He also plans to make appearances abroad. Celebration parties to be held in Osaka and Tokyo are now in the works.

Link to the full article.

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桂三枝、「六代 桂文枝」襲名を立川談志から反対されていた

落語家の桂三枝 (68)が16日、都内ホテルで「六代 桂文枝」襲名発表会見を開いた。誕生日を迎えるちょうど1年後のきょう上方落語の大名跡「桂文枝」の六代目を継ぐ三枝だが、事前に唯一相談した立川談志 (75)からは「やめておけ。せっかく一人で三枝の名前を大きくしたんだからそのまま噺家をやっておけ」と猛反対されたという。「2年半迷った」という三枝だったが現在は「迷いも、一点の曇りもなく、来年の7月16日、六代 桂文枝を襲名します。申し訳ない」といい、体調が万全ではない談志に「一刻も早く良くなって下さい」と精一杯の思いを伝えた。

 三枝はその後、襲名を決めた旨を談志に報告しようとしたところ談志の体調の都合で直接報告することがかなわず、共通の友人である毒蝮三太夫を通じて意志を報告。談志からはFAXが届き「人生成り行き。三枝より文枝がよくなったのか。じゃあしょうがない、勝手にしろ。三枝のバカヤローへ」と綴られていたという。この日、三枝はうっすら涙を浮かべ、時折言葉をかすませながら談志からのメッセージを読み上げた。

 三枝の師匠でもある五代目桂文枝は“上方落語四天王”といわれ一時代を築き、2005年に他界。その7回忌を迎える今年、総領弟子の三枝が「自身の年齢」を考慮し、さらに所属する吉本興業が来年100周年を迎えるタイミングで「ギリギリかなと決断しました」。襲名同日より大阪・なんばグランド花月を皮切りに『三枝改め「六代桂文枝」』襲名披露興行をスタート。現時点で1000人~2000人規模の会場で最低全国5都市と海外公演を行い、東京・大阪では襲名披露パーティーを開く予定。

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Katsura Sanshi → Katsura Bunshi VI?! 桂三枝 →「六代目桂文枝」?!

Yes, this seems to be true.

I first heard the news yesterday afternoon from an owner of a kimono shop in the Tenjinbashi shopping arcade. This is shocking and still somewhat unbelievable.

I don’t know the details surrounding the decision to give Sanshi this name — and Katsura Kinshi the name Katsura Kobunshi, the name that is traditionally taken before receiving the name Bunshi.

There will be a press conference held on this on the 16th, so some things should  be cleared up. I will make another post on this shortly thereafter.

It is not yet clear to me what people are thinking about this in the rakugo world, but there is definitely mixed public opinion — from supportive to complete outrage — to be found on the Internet. One online article I’ve read says that Bunshi V’s wife is reportedly happy about one of his pupils succeeding his name. Another site reports unverified rumors about senior hanashika in the Kamigata Rakugo Association being strongly opposed to Sanshi and Kinshi receiving these names. Another sight has over 600 “hate comments” posted in fierce opposition to the decision.

Succeeding a new name is typically a very auspicious event, but for some reason, these successions seem to be bathed in controversy. This is big news in the rakugo world to be sure.

Sanshi’s blog post on the matter of receiving a new name is quite casual, and reads:

It sounds like the news about me becoming Bunshi VI has been released.

I would like to make a detailed post about why this decision was made after the news conference on the 16th.

Of course, the news is true.

If I’ve been able to make it this far, there’s nothing to worry about. I’ll just keep looking forward, having fun, doing the best I can.

Strangely, I’m in a serene state of mind.

Time for a walk…

はい、本当らしいです。

昨日の午後、天神橋の商店街の中の着物屋のかみさんからニュースを聞きました。とてもショッキングなニュースで、まだ信じられません。

三枝師匠が六代目桂文枝に襲名する決意に関わる詳細はまだ分かりません。きん枝師匠が四代目桂小文枝に襲名することも決意されたみたいです。

16日に記者会見が行われますので、その後に色々と明らかになるでしょう。それぞれの記事を読んでからまたこれについて書きたいと思います。

落語の世界では噺家さんたちはこれについてどのように思っているのでしょうか。インターネットでは、様々なリアクション(賛成から激怒まで)が見つかります。あるオンライン記事によると、文枝師匠の奥様が「名跡が弟子に受け継がれるのはうれしいこと」とおっしゃっています。 あるサイトが上方落語協会の大師匠が大反対なさっているという未証明の噂を発表しました。もう一つのサイトで決意に対して大反対の「嫌みコメント」600件以上集まっています。

襲名するということ、普段は大変おめでたいことですが、これはなぜが物議を醸すような襲名らしく、落語の世界ではまことにビッグニュースです。

襲名に関して、三枝師匠がブログに次のようにとてものんきに書きました:

六代
文枝襲名のニュースが流れたようです。
なぜ
襲名の決意したのか
16日の記者会見後このブログで詳しくのべさせていただきます。
もちろん
事実です。
なんか
ここまできたら
悩むことなく
前向きにたのしく
頑張ります。
 
不思議と淡々
 
散歩に行ってこよー

Kôjô and Shûmei-kai 口上と襲名会

The main event today was the Tuesday edition of a week-long shûmei (succession of name) ceremony for Shôfukutei Kotsuru, who began his professional rakugo career in 1975 with Shôfukutei Shikaku V. Kotsuru was given his own master’s name, which is quite an honor. Contratulations. Somemaru was the show’s first-half closer, and intermission was followed by a kôjô (formal address) by several top Kamigata rakugo masters (including Somemaru), who offered words of congratulations mixed with comical anecdotes. It was a fun program, which I was glad to witness from backstage.

今日のメイン・イベントは昭和50年より五代目笑福亭枝鶴一門の笑福亭小つる師匠の一週間も続く火曜日版の襲名披露講演でした。今回は小つる師匠は自分の師匠の名前をいただき、六代目笑福亭枝鶴に襲名しまして、とても素晴らしい名誉です。おめでとうございます!染丸師匠は中トリを務めて、中入りの後は口上がありまして、上方落語の大師匠(染丸も含めて)めでたい言葉やら、面白い思い出の話も申し上げました。裏まら拝見させていただいたが、とても素敵な口上でした。