Kabuki Master Monko Ryuji Shared the Traditional Culture with the Students of Jing Jhong Elementary School


September 9, 2019

Education Department/ Tourism and Information Department

        First time being invited to Taiwan, traditional Japanese dance master Monko Ryuji left for Jing Jhong Elementary School to exchange Japanese cultures with the students today after he checked his schedule for Sep.7 and Spe.8. With the assistance of the interpreter, Master Monko gave an introduction to different types of traditional Japanese dance to the students, such as lion dance, samurai move, and kabuki (onnagata) which he showed on stage during the Taiwan-Japan exchange performance in Hotel Maison de Chine on Sep.7. All of the students found it special that Master Monko was wearing kimono.

        ‘It was our honor to have Master Monko Ryuji from Japan here,’ said Yang Xun-Kai, Principal of Jing Jhong Elementary School. ‘People in the school were thus able to exchange with him and ask questions about performance and training. This helped the exchange of Taiwanese and Japanese cultures.’

        ‘It is my first time visiting Taiwan,’ claimed Monko Ryuji. ‘Taiwanese people are friendly and it makes my heart touched.’ Monko told the students that he was an orphan and his childhood wish was to meet his biological family. He dedicates himself to dance and performance and hopes the students will discover as well as dedicate themselves to what they really love.

        At first, Master Monko introduced a few different types of traditional Japanese dance through videos. He was glad to know that the students could recognize him dressing up as a woman in the video of him performing. Wearing kimono, Monko showed some moves of otokogata and onnagata to the students. ‘Turn your feet into the shape T after taking back your opening legs, and your head has to stay still after moving horizontally,’ he said humorously. The students also imitated the moves of Master Monko, which made everyone burst out laughing.

        ‘Special thanks to Lin Hui-Yu, President of Japan-Taiwan Art Exchange Association, and Song Man-Jin, General Manager of Maison de Chine,’ indicates Jin Jhong Elementary School. ‘Master Monko Ryuji could hence come to exchange cultures with us and the school was able to experience the value of this Japanese culture.’ As a traditional art in Japan, Kabuki has been traced back to the 17th century, which was during Edo period. It was regarded as an intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO in 2005. Women weren’t allowed to take a role in a play during early Edo period, so men as women on stage became a classic type of performance. It is a precious experience that Monko Ryuji came to Jin Jhong Elementary School for the exchange with the students during his first visit in Taiwan..

Latest update:2019/9/10 上午 08:35:00