Musical Rikinosuke Hashiru !
Akita Prefecture, Akita City, the Akita Prefecture Education Board, the Akita City Education Board, Akita Sakigake Shimpo, Japan Agricultural Cooperative, The Akita Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Founded in 1951, Warabi-za has its headquarter in Semboku, Akita. It performs original musicals that depict the contemporary society through performing the folk arts of Japan, especially in Tohoku and Akita. It operates 7 performance groups that give 1,200 performances annually in and outside Japan. Half of their performances are for elementary, junior high and high school students as their social contribution. Warabi-za boasts 20,000 annual participants in their variety of workshops and is recognized as one of the best troupes in Japan.
Scriptwriter/Director: Hiroshi Kuriki After he played as an actor at the company for 8 years, he has been in charge of many of the works. In 2007 he joined a group of inspectors and trained himself at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland. His main works are Onono-komachi, Masakichi to Fujita, Oomagari-hanabi monogatari (Story of Omagari fireworks), Haruranran, etc.
Area Nakaichi, Nigiwai Koryukan “AU” Multipurpose Hall (250 seats)
1-4-1, Nakadori, Akita-city
Stage performance schedule
an advance ticket ： Adults 2,500 yen Children 1,500 yen
today's ticket ： Adults 3, 000 yen Children 2,000 yen
430, Waseda, Sotsuda, Tazawako, Semboku, Akita, 014-1192
Rikinosuke was born in Koizumi-mura, Akita-Shi in 1845. He begun learning when he was five, and composed his first Tanka(classic Japanese poem) when he was eleven. He wanted to continue learning but his headmaster rejected to do that, and forced him to marry. Rikinosuke decided to leave home and finally met Takahashi Syosaku, who had saved people from several famines. Rikinosuke was impressed by Syosaku's contributions, and decided to work for improvements in agriculture. After he got a position as an officer in Akita Prefecture, he started "Seeds Exchange Meeting", which is now known as a big agricultural exhibition in Akita. When Tohoku region suffered cold weather damage, Rikinosuke left his job and encouraged farmers in the field. He was then 39. To promote farmers getting up early, he beat a woodcut by a hammer at 3 a.m. every day. Through his contribution, Yamada village, which had been in far-gone in dept, came through. In spite of his effort, not all farmers agreed with Rikinosuke's method. Some people thought Rikinosuke's way isn't suitable for the poorest farmers. That's why Rikinosuke began himself to live in a small way in Kusakidani, just like the poorest farmers. With this, Rikinosuke proved that his method of work is proper even for a poor farmer. Rikinosuke's contribution was not only in Akita. He taught his agricultural method in Miyazaki, Kyushu, in response to requests from people there. Rikinosuke worked for agriculture all his life and nowadays is called "a saint of agriculture".