Kosaka Town: the prosperous mining town of the Meiji period

By ggt142 (from : ) on Nov. 29, 2016

By ggt142 (from : ) on Nov. 29, 2016

Next stop is the theater called “Korakukan” in the Kosaka city of Akita prefecture. The theater is the oldest wooden playhouse in Japan which was built in the Meiji period. After the reconstruction, the theater is now used for the performance of Kabuki or Rakugo.

接著前往位於小坂市的「康樂館」,建於明治時代,現為日本最老木製劇場,平時作為歌舞伎或落語的表演場地。

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In Korakukan, we saw the performance called “Ore-ore-sagi” which is the story about a family encountering a fraud. After that there was a dance performance mixing traditional Japanese style and modern Japanese music. It is my first time to see the Japanese style dancing performance and is really amazing!

我們在康樂館欣賞了舞台劇,故事內容是一家人如何解救差點被詐欺分子受騙的母親,之後便是日式歌舞表演。這是我第一次看如此傳統的日本表演,在如此古老且富有日式風格的地點觀賞,是一個很新奇的體驗。

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After the performance, we visited the Korakukan theater with a guide who told us about how the theater was built, the history and the reconstruction of the theater and the facilities of the theater. I was impressed by the mechanism of the theater built 100 years ago, for example, the rotating stage and the lifting platform. We also visited the “Gakuya” which is the room where the actors do the makeup and dress up backstage.

欣賞完表演後,我們參觀康樂館,了解康樂館的歷史、重建以及表演場地的設施。一百年前興建的劇場竟然就已經有如此先進的舞台機關,例如旋轉舞台、演員升降梯等等。我們也參觀了舞台後方的「樂屋」,是演出中演員們梳化換裝的空間。

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The sun was going down and we went to the Kosaka mine office with the beautiful sunset. In the prosperous Meiji period, Kosaka city was Japan’s most prominent mining town. The Kosaka mine office is one of the symbols of modern Japanese culture and we could see the architecture mixed with Japanese and Western style.

夕陽西下,與小坂市的礦山事務所建築的西式建築構成了美麗的風景。明治時期的小坂市是日本礦產最豐富的地方,事務所內外凝聚了西式建築設計及日本木造技術,礦山事務所的建造也代表了這段風光的時期。

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