Recitation of Short Stories by RODOKU Class

April 11, 2015
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at Japan Society Auditorium
333 East 47th Street at First Avenue

Free and open to the public.

Rodoku Recital Information (PDF)

プログラム ~日本人にとって特別な花である桜。今回はさくらづくしでお送りいたします。
第一部    和歌集 さくらの歌                               by ジャパン・ソサエティー 春期朗読講座受講生
第二部    『桜の森の満開の下』     作:坂口安吾    by ジャパン・ソサエティー 春期朗読講座受講生
第三部    『桜の園』   作:チェーホフ /編:里島美和・阿部知代   by 阿部知代  (フジテレビ アナウンサー)
Part 1:   Waka (Japanese Poetry)  Sakura no Uta    by members of Japan Society RODOKU Class
Part 2:  “In the Woods Beneath Cherry Blossoms in Full Bloom”     Ango Sakaguchi           
  by members of Japan Society RODOKU Class
Part 3:     “The Cherry Orchard”    Anton Chekhov /Edited by Miwa Satojima & Chiyo Abe     
    by Ms. Chiyo Abe  (Fuji Television Announcer)
*The program will be conducted in Japanese language only.  


『桜の森の満開の下』     作:坂口安吾    (1947年)


『桜の園』    作:チェーホフ    編:里島美和・阿部知代     (1903年)



“In the Woods Beneath Cherry Blossoms in Full Bloom” by Ango Sakaguchi (1947)     
The mountains are dotted with cherry trees. There, a bandit makes his living by robbing and stealing from travelers. One day, he kidnaps a beautiful woman and makes her his wife. The beautiful woman soon misses her fancy lifestyle and demands that they move to the city. In the city, the woman’s demands keep escalating, and soon the bandit gets tired of it all and decides to go back to the mountains. However, he’s concerned about the one thing that terrifies him – cherry blossoms in full bloom.
The novel, which has been made into a movie and stage play, portrays the cherry blossom as something that’s so extremely beautiful that it becomes terrifying.
“The Cherry Orchard” by  Anton Chekhov (1903), Edited by Miwa Satojima & Chiyo Abe      
Ranevskaya, a Russian aristrocrat is brought by her daughter Anya, to the cherry orchard where she grew up after spending five years in Paris. She has used up all of her family’s fortune by living a luxurious life and the orchard is about to be auctioned off to pay the bills. A former serf of the orchard, Lopakhin, proposes renting out the orchard as a villa. However, Ranevskaya’s mind is preoccupied by two things: her son, who died young, and her lover she left in Paris.
Chekhov’s masterpiece has been rearranged to show the story from Anya’s point of view.

  • Saturday, April 11, 2015
  • 2:00 pm