Sunday, June 16, 2024

6月14日(金曜日)2024 
 今年度から多賀小学校の評議員の指名を受け、本日は2時間ほど役員の顔合わせを兼ねて全校児童の音楽会を見学しました。
 音楽会では1年生から6年生まで、学年毎の合唱と器楽演奏の発表。まだあどけなさが残る1年生の元気な歌声と鍵盤ハーモニカ演奏は緊張のためか皆表情は硬く、学年が上がるにつれて少しずつ表情もほぐれ、リズムを顔や体でとっている子も増えていく。けれども、マスクをしたままの子もチラホラ。
 私の頃は音楽が得意だった担任のK先生のお蔭でワーグナーの「双頭の鷲の旗のもとに」といった難しい曲を練習して発表したことも懐かしく思い出し、使う楽器も昔からのものもあれば新しいものもあり、選曲も昔とは違って楽しみました。手で振りをつけたりマーチングバンド風に動きをつけたり、指導の先生方の努力や工夫も見えました。動きをつけると子供達の表情が一気に楽しそうになります。
 一つ残念だったのは、元気一杯はいいけど、音楽性が欠けていること。つまり曲の表情というか、強弱や語りかけの要素を低学年からつけるように指導すれば音楽を通して表現することが楽しめるのに、と思ったことです。人によって表現の手段は色々だけど、言葉だけが伝達手段でないことを音楽からも指導できるのになぁと思いました。
 終わって、校長室でいただいた給食のカレーライスが美味しかったです!多賀小の給食はなかなかの評判というのが納得です。ご馳走さまでした!!

Since I was assigned to the board of trustees of Taga Elementary School from this year for three years, I went to the school to meet members and to watch the school recital today.

The school recital was for all grades and they presented chorus and instrumental music performance. The first graders were still little and looked stiff while they were performing. The more it progressed to the upper grades, the more relaxed they looked and were taking the rhythm, which showed in their faces or bodies. However, there were a few kids who were still wearing face masks.

I remembered my school days when we presented a music performance in class. My homeroom teacher was good at music and we performed J.F. Wagner's "Under The Double Eagle" which was a little bit challenging for us. I enjoyed the recital in which children played new instruments as well as traditional instruments which have been used at the school for decades. Sometimes they sang or played with hand movements or moved like a marching band, and it seemed the teachers put so much effort in teaching this. The children were smiling when they had some movements.

One thing I would like to comment on their performance is about the expression. The children were all very active but I felt that their sound lacked musicality. They can be taught the dynamics of the music from the first grade. Then kids learn what "Expression" is. Each one has their own way of expressing their thoughts or feelings and "Word" is not the only way to express them. They can learn about it through their music.

After the recital, Ms. Takahashi, who is the headmaster, provided us with the school lunch which used many local vegetables. It was so good! We all thanked the school.






Friday, June 14, 2024

6月12日(水曜日)2024
雨で延期になっていた町内の川掃除が先日の日曜日の朝行われました。
私たち本町は多賀大社前から太閤橋をくぐって下流に行く車戸川の草や藻をとっていく作業。

絵馬通りが始まるところをハシゴをつかって川に下りるのですが、前に男性が下りたのを見て、私も長靴で後ろ向きに2段ほど下り始めた時、川中に立てかけてあるハシゴが何と流れ出したではありませんか!上は男の人がハシゴを持ってくださっていたけれど、下は支える人なし。私はバランスを失いあわやというところで、ハシゴは斜めに止まり、その時、右脇腹を川縁のコンクリートに強打し「痛い!」と思ったけれどそのまま川に下りて、何とか作業を終えました。今まで勝手にハシゴを下りていたのが不思議です。かなり危険であることが分かりました。

二日後の今日、心配だったので彦根の病院でレントゲンを撮ってもらいました。幸い、明らかな骨折はわかりませんでしたが、胸部固定帯と湿布薬を勧められて帰ってきました。痛みが消えるまでは数週間かかるとのこと。軽傷の私ですら呼吸も浅く、下のものを取るのも難儀、寝返りできない、笑っても痛い。骨折した人の痛みはどれほどかと思っています。

Last Sunday was an annual river cleaning day in town which was postponed a week due to rain. We clean weeds and algae in Kurumado-river from the starting point of the shrine down to the river passing under an arched bridge. A man from the neighbourhood put up a ladder in the river to the river edge, I started down the ladder followed by another man. Then suddenly the bottom of the ladder moved unsteadily and I lost the balance. Since the top of the ladder was being held by another man, I didn't fall down the river but I hit my right side strongly. It hurt very much, but I went down the river and continued the work anyhow. It was a scary and dangerous moment.

Two days later, the pain didn't go away and I was worried about it. So I went to the hospital in Hikone to see the doctor. Fortunately I didn't break my bones from the result of the X-ray photo and I got a chest sling and compress tapes by doctor's suggestion. He said that it might be several weeks until the pain goes away. My breathing is a little bit shallow now and it is hard to pick something from the floor, to roll over in the bed, and to laugh. I can easily imagine how painful it is for the people who really broke their bones.






Thursday, June 6, 2024


6月4日(火曜日)2024 
 2日にお能の会が無事終了しました。朝は小雨でまもなく止んだものの、予報ではまた雨との情報もあり不安でしたが、結果は上天気になり、これも神様がお守り下さったお陰と感謝しました。

 80名以上のお客様を迎えて、1部はお能の解説とワークショップ。今回のテーマは平家物語。勝修羅と負修羅について能面、装束など見せていただきながらの解説は非常にわかり易いものでした、ハイライトはシテ方鵜澤久氏の指導のもとに謡本の一部を謡うところ。鵜澤先生の明瞭で力強い謡に続いて復唱する皆さんの真剣な様子はなかなかのもので参加者は楽しかったに違いありません。囃子方の皆さんによるワークショップも楽しく、それぞれの楽器の持ち方や掛け声など右手左手を使って稽古してみると、その難しさや面白さが分かり能が身近に感じられました。

    2部では屋島と敦盛の一部を鑑賞。能面や装束をつけての能も見事ですが、紋服、袴姿で地謡と囃子で見る舞囃子(まいばやし)と言われる能も修練された舞や曇りのない表情が目の前で見られ迫力一杯でした。どの動きも見事な型であり、その美しさは素晴らしく感銘を受けました。

    第一線で活躍する能楽師の皆さんを招いて、多くのお客様に集まっていただき、今年も充実した能の会を催すことができたのは、頼もしいスタッフの支えあってこそ。皆様には感謝の気持ちでいっぱいです。ありがとうございました。

Noh Event at Taga Asahiya was over on June 2nd. Although we had a little rain in the morning and it stopped after a while, we were still worried about the weather because the weather forecast predicted the rain again. In the end, it cleared up in the afternoon. We thanked God very much.

Having more than 80 participants, the Noh Event was separated into two parts. The first one was an explanation about performing art "Noh" and the workshop. The theme in this event was The Heike Story. Two Noh actors showed the masks of main characters and costumes, providing very easy explanations. The highlight in the first part was the Noh chant. Noh actor led the chant followed by the audience. Hisa Uzawa's chant was powerful and beautiful. People were following seriously and it must have been very fun. Instrument players also gave us very nice talks about each instrument's characteristics and technique. We felt more familiar with Noh.

In the second part, we appreciated two Noh performances which were Yashima (winning general of a war) and Atsumori (losing general of a war). The actor played without a mask and costume. This style of performance is called Maibayashi. The trained movements of the Noh actor were so beautiful and powerful. We were overwhelmed by their performance.

I, as an organizer, am very happy to have had this Noh event, which was so well-attended, with those amazing actors and players. I also thank many staff who helped a lot for the event. Thank you to all of these wonderful people!