Thursday, August 19, 2010

A fool can be cured only when he dies.

Japanese literature has a rich tradition in the philosophy of life. The genre of Rokyoku, in which important events and life histories of famous persons are recounted in a dramatic and engaging way, provides a particularly resonant medium for the appreciation of life.

Torazo Hirosawa (1899-1964) is a universally recognized genius in the genre of Rokyoku (musical and dramatic recounting of the life of historical figures). Torazo's mastery resides in the organic combination of the tragic and the comic.

Torazo's legendary performance of the Life of Jirocho Shimizu (1820-1893), a gangster and political activist at the same time, is full of heart-wringing drama of life and death. A particularly poignant phrase is "A fool can be cured only when he dies."

(To be continued tomorrow)

Torazo Hirosawa


Sea horse said...

I suddenly hummed Tohta Kaneko's haiku,
" 木葉髪馬鹿は死ななきゃ直らねえ. "
I am very interested in Torazo Hirosawa. So I am looking forward to knowing about him.

I watched Ebizo special on TV.
How marvelous! Ebizo's look was so good, and your face as well. It was a special program for you too, wasn't it?

The way of his playing and switching ten roles is full of suggestion. He plays with his grasp on the nature of each character.
If we don't have such dynamics in contemporary drama, an actor like Ebizo will be out of his element. I learned afresh that vigorous characters and a real climax are essential for a drama.

I realized that Ebizo was a dragon soaring high step by step with his continuous best through the program.
Thank you for your wonderful team.

yuzu said...

I remember that you like these sentences by Jobs.

" Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.

Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish."

砂山鉄夫(Tetsu Sunayama) said...

When I was a kid, my father sometimes intoned a passage of Rokyoku in a deep voice. Possibly was it a mimicry of Torazo Hirosawa...?

Thank you for your TV program,"The Professionals" on NHK. Thank you very much.