Princess Akishino appreciates performances in sign language

January 24, 2013

On January 23, "The Japan Deaf Theatre," located in Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo performed "the spring  kyogen* in sign language" in the National Noh Theatre located in Shibuya-ku, Tokyo.

*kyogen means "a comical play performed during the interlude of Noh plays."

The theatre members performed humorously three programs - "The nun who cries," "The Onigawara*," and "The Mustached Tower" - as their 30th anniversary public performance this time.

*Onigawara means "a ridge-end roofing tile with the design of a devil."

Princess Kiko, the wife of Prince Akishino who is the younger brother of the Crown Prince, appreciated the performances. She has an understanding of sign language and gives a speech in sign language often.

The JDT was formed in 1980, and performed the first signed kyogen in 1983.

Japanese original article:
http://www.asahi.com/national/update/0124/TKY201301240138.html?ref=dwango

Related link:
Princess Kiko attends National Sign Language Speech Contest for hearing students in Tokyo
http://deafjapan.blogspot.jp/2012/08/princess-kiko-attends-national-sign.html

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