Rakugo – Shunputei Ryucho
Iromono – Maruichi Kikusen&Kasen(Daikagura)
Regardless of age, children can participate in the random matchup, paper sumo competition. Small children are also able to win, so everyone gets super fired up. They’ll want to defeat many people and take home lots of souvenirs.
On the first day, the first performance uses pictures, and the story is the famous story called 「Zorozoro」which even shows up in elementary school textbooks. At the start, Eisuke was a little nervous, but he was able to pull the children in with the “tea shop man” play.
Possibly the most skilled Kamikiri (paper cutting art) master in Japan, Master Imamaru Hayashiya performed for us. He is able to create a piece in around one minute. He rhythmically moves the paper, not the scissors, to cut it. It’s very artistic.
The second performance had no pictures. In the hall, which is still brimming with excitement from Mr Imamaru‘s artistic performance, Eisuke performed brilliantly and the excitement level jumped to 100%. The laughter didn’t stop as the parents and children were both pulled into the performances by the wide range of facial expressions and plays.
The first performance of the second day called 「Chiritotechin」included pictures. As expected of a father of three children, Master Ryuucho was able to capture the hearts of the children with ease. There was lots of giggling from the audience as he pretended to be unable to pull something.
From Edo Daikagura Maruichisenousha, Kikusen and Kasen appeared. They started their speciality, umbrella spinning, acrobatics and ring throwing etc. They performed many challenging scenes for us. They received many huge rounds of applause after performing variously well timed scenes.
Since we were in the heat of summer, the second performance was the ghost story Okiku’s Plates.
In the second half, as the story developed, Ryucho‘s facial expressions and way of talking became more intense, so the audience became incredibly heated up with excitement.