This term we are going to be studying Rakugo.
Rakugo is a Japanese storytelling art. The tales are designed to make you laugh because they always have a twist. We will be looking at Tokisoba, which is about 2 men who buy soba and use time to change the amount they pay. One man is very successful and pays less for a delicious meal, the other however is not and ends up paying over the odds for a disgusting bowl of buckwheat noodles.
We will start by listening to an English version and learning the story by producing class versions of Kamishibai (storytelling using pictures).
Then we will move on to learning the difference between modern and old Japanese time and start to listen to the story in Japanese.
Next we will find out about noodles and how to eat them, with vocabulary.
After that we will talk about the characters and describe them in Japanese.
Finally we will use time connectives and sequencing vocabulary to try and write a very simple Japanese version of Tokisoba.
For the last lesson we are going to perform the story with props before the class and give feedback in Shouten (a Japanese TV program where points are awarded based on how successful you are at getting the audience to laugh by playing with language) game style.
If you are interested, please either look at the links, or come in and look at the Japanese display board.