We had many new activities set up at the Mini Fair this year, such as ring throwing, coin dropping, colouring activities etc. There was a memorial photo corner and the finished colourings also had a special area where they could be displayed. The most popular was candy art by Mr Igarashi, who made around 120 pieces on request.
Tokyo Shishimai club‘s “Birth of the Lion” performance will start this year. The scene when the lion cub is born is always very moving no matter how many times we see it. After the performance it came around to nibble on the children to bless them with good health. Some children were brave enough to put their head out themselves.
We started with the story Ushi Homeh (Cow Praise) with a picture associated with the Year of the Cow. One of the characters in the story called Yotaro was very dimwitted and foolish. Master Ryucho played the part with excellent facial expressions which received many laughs.
Monnosuke’s skills and techniques for heating up the audience were brilliant. He had the parents and children participate in the show. His Monchan Bushi was explosive! The Totoro on the spinning top, tightrope walking and the “windmill” tricks, where he keeps it spinning at a 90 degree angle on the tip of a bamboo pole, were very impressive.
The performance of Shiri Mochi had no pictures. It’s a slightly erotic story where a poor family don’t have enough money to make rice cakes on New Years Eve, so they beat the wife’s bottom so they can get into the rice cake making mood. The children clapped their hands together at the same time as Master Ryucho to make the most delightful “Shirimochi”.