Another reading from “声に出して読みたい日本語” (others here and here)– this is 平家物語 from page 22. If you pay close attention, you can see blips where my phone appears to check the stroke order of a few characters. I’m sure there are a few apps (both mobile and desktop) that would do the trick, but I’ve been happy with this app called KanjiQ.
I have no connection to the developer, but I think I’m going to pay for the add-free version.
The town where I lived in Japan is home to an amazing wooden theatre house that was constructed in the Meiji-era (Korakukan theatre in Kosaka, Akita). I can’t remember if it is the oldest of its kind, but it’s certainly a unique treasure for the community. In addition to the professional performances that went on every year, they also had a wonderful annual tradition of having kids perform kabuki scenes (Kodomo Kabuki).
At the time, a work colleague suggested that I learn this passage (弁天小僧菊之助たァ！); shortly after that conversation, someone else gave me a copy of 声に出して読みたい日本語 (the book I read from for this video). Opening the book, the passage that my colleague had recommended was the *very* first item included in this collection of Japanese gems that are truly meant to be read aloud and treasured. I was inspired to learn the passage, but I never followed through until I recently put my mind to reciting it.
At the time (pre-youtube era), I remember thinking “This book is great, but what I really need is an audio recording of some kind to practice with!”. Coming back to it now many years later, I was able to find a few examples on Youtube that I could use as a base.
If you want to see the scene this is taken from, check out the second video– the last video (from youtube channel kikunosuke81) is the one that I used (extensively) to practice for this project.
I thought it would be fun to do this as a ‘finger paint karaoke‘ and tried putting myself in front of the camera.
I look forward to sharing this with my old colleague if our paths cross this summer!