Recitation of Short Stories by RODOKU Class

August 8, 2015
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at Japan Society Auditorium
333 East 47th Street at First Avenue

Free and open to the public.

This program will be conducted in Japanese language only.  

~ 『旅』 We never meet without a parting ~ 

第一部    『旅』 をめぐる言葉                  ジャパン・ソサエティー 夏期朗読講座受講生
  『 伊豆の踊子 』   作:川端康成                      ジャパン・ソサエティー 夏期朗読講座受講生


第二部    スペシャル・プログラム                    ミカ・ストルツマン (マリンバ奏者)
『竹取物語』   作者未詳                        阿部知代  (フジテレビ)
                                                                               w/ ミカ・ストルツマン (マリンバ奏者)


『 伊豆の踊子 』     作:川端康成    (1926年)


Part 1:   “TAB I =Journey”
members of Japan Society Summer RODOKU Class 
“The Izu Dancer”
by Yasunori Kawabata, members of Japan Society Summer RODOKU Class 
Mika Stoltzman, Marimbist   
               “The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter”
Chiyo Abe (Fuji Television) with Mika Stoltzman

“The Izu Dancer” by Yasunori Kawabata (1926)      
The unnamed narrator, is a student at Ichi-ko (now Tokyo University). He goes on a solo trip to Izu, mired in thoughts about what he sees as his defective personality.  In Izu, he meets a group of itinerant entertainers, one woman in her forties, one man, and three girls. He falls in love with the youngest dancer, Kaoru. Although entertainers were considered “low class” at the time, he realizes that he feels liberated as he deepens his relationship with Kaoru and her group. One of Kawabata’s early works, based on his own experience.

“The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter” Author and date unknown.
Dating back to the 10th century, this is considered Japan’s oldest folktale. It is also known as “Princess Kaguya” (Kaguya-Hime)” . One day, an old bamboo cutter finds a tiny little girl inside a bamboo stalk and raises her as his daughter. As she grows up, her extraordinary beauty attracts five suitors, but she sets them impossible tasks to accomplish, not wanting to marry anyone. Even the Emperor cannot change her mind. She then reveals that she is a princess from the moon and will have to return on the night of the next full moon.

  • Saturday, August 8, 2015
  • 2:00 pm