The 11th Sign Language Play Contest" was held in Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City, one of the most ancient cities in Japan, on October 26.
The Kyoto Kamo Lions Club of Sakyo Ward and the Kyoto City Society of the Deaf sponsored the event. The annual contest aims to introduce culture through sign language to the public.
Five groups of about 100 deaf and hearing residents from Kyoto Prefecture performed their own original play respectively that they had practiced hard.
For example, members of the Kyoto City Society performed based on a folk tale titled the Tale of Bamboo-Cutter. The Moon Princess, who was a baby when the bamboo cutter found her in a bamboo. He and his wife brought her up. As she became a beautiful woman, she had to return to the Moon. In the play she was assumed to be deaf.
Other play by members of the theatrical circle of Ryukoku University was a unique story where the ghost appeared.
About 600 citizens enjoyed the plays in sign language which feelings were often put and the tempo was drawn out.
Source: Kyoto Shimbun, Oct. 27, 2008