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2019.03.27

Workshop at elementary school! ~ What connects children and me

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Cypress stage of Kyogen teacher living in the 21st century
Vol.7
  What connects children and me

Okura Doctrine (Nohgaku Kyogen Style Okura Style)

Mr. Hirata was my homeroom teacher when I was in third grade. At the end of the class, they took everyone to the audio-visual room and gave them a "telling candle."

Close the room curtains and darken.
The story begins when you light a candle.
The teacher memorizes a short story and speaks while looking at each student's face.

That was a special time for me.

Now, the textbook of Kyogen "Kakiyama Fushi" is published in the textbook of the sixth grader. Thanks to that, I have more opportunities to visit schools and do workshops.
Since it is always done with a small group, if you have 70 or more students in a first grade, you will work on it twice. Otherwise, I feel like I can't communicate with the children.
It's part of the class, but to be honest, I don't need to learn what Kyogen is. One of them remains in children's minds because it is scattered with various elements such as comical elements of kyogen, morality, richness of ideas, courtesy, exaggerated expressions, kimonos, humanity of the performer. I just want to do that, because I think so.

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During the break, the children talk and talk about the world. In the kimono try-on experience, children who have been quiet until now may actively participate, and when saying kyogen lines, some children will come out in front of everyone and experience a loud voice.
Seeing such a “chemical reaction” is the real pleasure of the workshop.

I have been conducting such activities for about seven years, and I received a very happy report from the principal of the school, which was implemented earlier this year. The student who attended the workshop wrote about the day under the heading "Kiseki Kyogen Experience" in his graduation textbook. He felt the fascination of Kyogen, valued the culture that had been passed on for a long time, and wanted to make use of it in his own personal life.
In addition, there are some schools that send videos of children playing Kyogen "Kakiyama Fushi", and the results that they have worked on over the years have been fruitful and all the efforts have been rewarded. .

At the end of the workshop, we talk about Dr. Hirata.
It is thanks to Hirata-sensei that I can enjoy the workshop. When the children grow up, they will remember the time they interacted with us, and it would be great if they could use what they felt.

I hope the children's future is always shining.