The Nippon Club WEB Gallery
” Good Luck Charms of Edo” Virtual Opening Reception & Virtual New Year’s Party for Seniors
The Nippon Club WEB Gallery will hold a special exhibition titled “Good Luck Charms of Edo” from January 14 to February 17, 2021. In this exhibition, we will introduce a number of auspicious items carefully selected by a small toy shop “Sukeroku” that was established around the end of the Edo period.
At the opening reception, Mr. Yoshitaka Kimura, the 5th owner of “Sukeroku”, will introduce a small toy one by one, and then you can enjoy a “rakugo” by the second generation Master Hayashiya Kikuzo.
＊The event will be held in Japanese, but The Nippon Club will be providing real-time subtitles in English through Wordly.
Date: Thursday, January 14, 2021
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm (EST)
（A suggested donation for Let’s Support COVID-19 Fighters!）
(Limited to the first 500 people.)
Tanuki with Abacus “To avoid fires”
Tanukis are animals in the canine family that look like raccoons.Tanukis are believed to be supposedly highly skills at using an abacus and able to rapidly flick the beads in a way described as “making sparks fly”, a metaphor that implied protection from fire.
Born in 1937 and raised in Tokyo’s Asakusa district, Yoshitaka Kimura is a graduate of Keio University Faculty of Economics. In 1979, after working several years for a company, he inherited “Sukeroku,” a family-owned shop specialized in toys of Edo, from his father and became its fifth owner. Combining his profound knowledge of customs and cultures of Edo with a witty speech style, Kimura is a great storyteller, and regularly receives lecture requests.
In 1979, after working several years for a company, he inherited “Sukeroku,” a family-owned shop specialized in toys of Edo, from his father and became its fifth owner. Combining his profound knowledge of customs and cultures of Edo with a witty speech style, Kimura is a great storyteller, and regularly receives lecture requests.
Hirotoshi Toyoda was born in Tokyo in September, 1975. After graduating from Tamagawa University College of Arts, he became a disciple of the first Kikuzo Hayashiya, his father and a master rakugo-ka (a traditional Japanese comic storyteller). In September 2007, he became a shin-uchi, the headliner, and succeeded the name, Kikuzo Hayashiya, from his father who took on a new name, Kikuou. In recent years, he has expanded the scope of his activities beyond rakugo (traditional comic storytelling) by appearing on TV and giving lectures throughout Japan. He is also an author, penning several books including “Easy Going Parenting,” which he co-wrote with his father.