Shishimai preservation club members
Koudan – Ichiryusai Teiju
Iromono – Chanky Matsumoto
Rakugo – Shunputei Ryucho
The Mini Fair has about 4-5 different kinds of games, Among them the most fun one has to be the “The Bean Mover”. A simple game where you move beans from one plate to another using chopsticks, but this seems to be an unexpectedly addictive game.
The customary New Year event “The Birth of the Lion” is a must see show. After the performance the lion comes and bites the children on the head. Even if the children know that it’s lucky, they still try to run away.
Pikkari Shunpuutei performed at Kodomoyose for the first time. In the first performance, she told a Rakugo with pictures about a man who saw a mirror for the first time. Her performance of a male role was so pleasing that it was almost possible to forget that she is a woman.
Koneko Edoya’s animal imitations included the standard bird and monkey cries, as well as popular animals such as gorilla and giraffe which he specializes in. The highlight of his performance is that it is so realistic.
One incredibly funny Rakugo without pictures is the “Tenshiki” story with farting noises. One of the reasons it’s so funny is that it’s unbelievable how children just love performances with farting sounds. Pikkari’s performance of a young boy were just too cute.
One simple game we had here was “Fukuwarai”. Everyone tried hard to use their sixth sense to create a perfect face while blindfolded, but it proved to be quite challenging for older and younger children alike.
One story which dispels the impression that Kodan is difficult to understand is “Naoyoshi Murakoshi”, which takes place in the Sengoku era, but it is so comical that even the children couldn’t help laughing which was impressive.
The reason Mr Chunky Matsumoto’s paper cutting performance is so different from others is that the level of caricature portrait art is so high. He chose a few members of the audience to cut their portraits and even the audience were so surprised at his high level of skill.
In the story of “Sanada Kozo” the main character is a cunning young boy. Whenever a child appears in a story, in the hall you can feel the feeling of interest rising in the children watching. As expected, Master Ryucho‘s storytelling was simple and easy to listen to.