By: Malcolm MacLure
Fancy taking in a show put on by your Kochi brethren??
GENKI Seinenkai, which is made up of foreigners in Kochi, many of whom are JETs, is putting on its annual Tosa-ben Musical in April. The cast is all foreigners, but the script and songs are all in Japanese Tosa-ben, the dialect of Kochi. The first GENKI Seinenkai production was staged 17 years ago, and the story, along with everything else, is different every year, and created from scratch.
We mix local and foreign themes together into a fun, entertaining and moving experience, which is always enjoyed by foreigners and Japanese alike. This year’s production is titled “Ekin in Neverland.” It centres on the life of Ekin, a painter of graphic and gory ukiyoe, with the story of Peter Pan. Intrigued? Come to one of the shows, be entertained and experience the wonder and the drama!
After the tour has come to an end, we award a scholarship for a local student to study abroad using the donations collected after the shows. Last year, we awarded two scholarships totalling 300,000 yen to students to study in Korea and Australia. It’s our way of further promoting internationalization beyond the stage.
Entry is absolutely free (but we appreciate donations after the performance!) No need to book in advance. We hope to see you at one of our shows!
GENKI Seinenkai Tosa-ben Musical 2012 “Ekin in Neverland” Tour Schedule:
April 14 (Sat)
2:00 pm – Muroto – Hoken Fukushi Center Yasuragi
6:30 pm – Aki – Shimin Kaikan (Aki)
April 15 (Sun)
10:00 am – Kochi – Otemae Elm. Gym (Mini show for kids)
2:00 pm – Konan – Bentenza
6:30 pm – Tosa City – Shimin Kaikan
April 21 (Sat)
10:00 am – Motoyama – Platina Center
16:00 pm – Sukumo – Chuo Kominkan
April 22 (Sun)
1:00 pm – Yusuhara – Yusuhara-za
16:30 pm – Kochi – Kenmin Bunka Hall (Green Hall)