|Before the show.|
Guess who volunteered?
We also received our tickets then ^^
Here's a slightly clearer view of the flyer.
|Ticket and flyer/summary|
The show was divided into two parts. Part one featured traditional Japanese dances and songs.
|Traditional song and dance|
I found one of her songs on Youtube!
These type of songs are probably not going to be on my regular play list, but it's nice to hear a new genre now and then.
Part two was the actual play. The play is called 瞼の母 (Mabuta no haha). I'll be telling the plot alongside the pictures, but for a full version of the story, I found this webpage. Click on the link to read the story in detail.
The story starts with Hanjiro, as he runs away from some bad people. Unfortunately, they come after him.
|The three gangsters and Hanjiro (with his mother and sister)|
|Fighting under the sakura tree|
And he ends up killing one of them. He writes a letter to take the blame and leaves, giving Hanjiro a second chance at life.
|The guy on the left is super funny!|
However, some of the bad people from earlier one lie in wait for Chuutaro, and after a fight, he kills both of them.
|Can you see him hiding?|
Despite this story having a sad ending, it was actually pretty humorous. The actors had some funny lines and the audience burst into laughter quite a few times. In fact, we were laughing even before the play started. You see, the play starts with a song, which ends with a very dramatic おっ母さん (okkaasan). Almost immediately after, the entire audience heard a little kid mimic okkaasan and everyone burst into laughter (there were actually quite a few kids there).
After the whole show, it was time to give the actors flowers!
|I think almost all of them got at least one bouquet.|
The actors were really nice to all us students, and other students even got to try on the headpieces and play with the sword.
|My friend and the actress that plays Chuutaro's sister. She's so pretty!|
Although the Japanese was pretty difficult (I understood maybe half of it?), I somehow understood and enjoyed the play, thanks to the summary and an introduction before each scene. I don't know if this is the same for all kabuki plays, but it was a lot more accessible than I expected. This was a really fun experience(: