So that children of all ages are able to enjoy the event, we set up a “Struck our Paper Airplane” corner. The point of the game is to fold the plane well and throw it straight to hit the target. We were pleasantly surprised to see that everyone did so well!
The first performance was “Bakemono Dzukai” (Monster Slaves). Master Hakushu spoke with the voice of a bossy pensioner. Master Hakushu was so brilliant that he spoke in such a way that it was easy for the listeners to understand that story. It was so charming right from the very start.
The familiar phrase from Nankintamasudare “Ah, well, well” was performed artistically by Master Enya. The children were completely taken in by his expressions for the flowing river, waterfall, etc. He also gave a mini lesson.
“Toki Soba” was the second storybook be performed. As well as being a famous program, it also shows off the skills of the Rakugo performer. Even though it is just a story without pictures, the parents and children loved it! The after show questionnaire comments gave the highest praise ever for this performance.