Recitation of Short Stories by RODOKU Class

April 12, 2014
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at Japan Society Auditorium
333 East 47th Street at First Avenue

第一部: 「走れメロス」 by ジャパン∙ソサエティー朗読クラス
第二部: 「蜘蛛の糸」  by 阿部知代 

Part 1:  “Run, Melos!”  by members of Japan Society RODOKU Class
Part 2:     “The Spider’s Thread” by Ms. Chiyo Abe

*Free and open to the public. The program will be conducted in Japanese language only.

『走れメロス』 (1940) 作:太宰治

“Run, Melos!” (1940)  by Osamu Dazai  
A young shepherd named Melos hears that the cold-blooded tyrant, Dionys, has grown distrustful of people and is killing innocents. Enraged, he enters the castle to assassinate the King but instantly gets arrested. Melos promises that he will return in three days for his execution after attending his sister’s wedding – if he fails, his best friend, Selinuntius, will be executed instead of him. Melos runs, not to save his own life, but his friend’s life. He runs to prove justice and truth to the King. Along the way, he encounters three obstacles: a raging river, attacks by bandits, and lastly the test of his inner strength…    A classic short story by Osamu Dazai inspired by Greek mythology and Friedrich Schiller’s ballad.

『蜘蛛の糸』(1918)  作:芥川龍之介

“The Spider’s Thread” (1918)  by Ryunosuke Akutagawa  
The Buddha Shakyamuni finds, under the lotus-filled pond of Paradise, a man named Kandata in the depths of Hell. Although Kandata was a sinner, he did one good deed by not crushing a spider with his foot. The Buddha remembers this and lowers a silvery spider thread into Hell to save him. Overjoyed, Kandata grabs the thread and starts to climb. When he realizes many other sinners are climbing behind him, he shouts that the spider’s thread is his and his alone, oblivious to what follows next…    This was Ryunosuke Akutagawa’s first piece of children’s literature. It has been remade many times in films, anime, and video games.

  • Saturday, April 12, 2014
  • 3:00 pm