The Rakugo performance by Sanyutei Kyoraku was held on Sunday, March 10 at Margaret Kuo's restaurant in Wayne. It was enjoyed by about 60 people. People who ordered the optional lunch started to arrive at the restaurant around 12:00 noon and enjoyed delicious theater style bento boxes. After explaining how to enjoy Rakugo, Kyoraku-san perfomred two stories tilted "Momotaro," and "Ko-wakare." In between these two stories, he also gave an ink painting demonstration. Two hours went by so quickly. Everyone, young and old, had a lot of fun on Sunday afternoon. Kyoraku-san also brought his ink paintings to raise funds for the earthquake victims and many attendees supported this cause generously.
JAGP board member Professor Hank Glassman and longtime JAGP volunteer Hiroshi Mike Novak operated the English subtitles. Dr. Gerry Radack took photographs. Their tireless effort are greatly appreciated.
This program was sponsored by AGERA Laboratories and the Tori Collection. We also appreciate their generous support.
Thank you for the participants who sent their comments. Here are their voices.
Comment 1: I thought it was entertaining, educational, and inspirational, and I hope to attend any similar future events.
Comment 2: The themes of the rakugo stories reminded me of a simpler time. It was a very entertaining day.
Comment 3: It was a very nice event, and my children and I thoroughly enjoyed this rare opportunity. The introduction was very educating, not only for the young audience but also for a layman like me. The first story was quite entertaining, and the second truly depicted "nasake" and "kizuna." As I had worked as a translator/interpreter for many years, I am fully aware of the difficulty of casting the translation simultaneously, and I take my hat off to all of you who made it possible. Kyoraku-san's paintings added very nice decor, and his devotion to the victims of the 2011 Earthquake was quite impressive. I am originally from Tokyo and was living in Okinawa at that time, but we have family and friends in the devastated areas. All of us appreciated Kyoraku-san's thought and effort. We truly hope he will return for another U.S. tour.
Comment 4: Very entertaining performance and great food. A very enjoyable afternoon.
For those who missed this great opportunity, we hope you enjoy the photographs and see how much fun we had!