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Takarazuka and I: Koyanagi Rumiko

She graduated first in her class of 70 students, and then left after her hatsubutai performance to sign a contract which started her in a very successful singing career.

(I'm amused by how all of the 'titles' for these little blurbs --probably chosen by the book's editors-- grab the most dramatic and negative content, every time.)

I Went Home to Fukuoka in Tears
by Koyanagi Rumiko


"Kongoseki mo migakazuba,
Tama no hikari wa sowazaran"


This poem from my entrance ceremony even now fills me with nostalgia.

From the time I was a child my heart was set on following a path into the performing arts and no other, and since I was conflicted when I left junior high school, I chose the Takarazuka Music School. Because even if it was a year or so longer, I might as well learn a specialty course of studies.

For two years, as yokasei and honkasei, the strict and harsh memories I sampled of classes --or maybe dorm life?-- are now pleasant and important experiences when I think back on them.

There was one time when I was walking the halls of the dormitory, and I realized that the sounds of my slippers were overly loud, so I slipped them off in the night and walked with them in both hands. Beginning with the correct way of replying when called upon, to the bowing and greeting of upperclassmen, to the clear distinction between upperclassmen and underclassmen -- this strict discipline is extremely useful to me now for human relations.

But there was one time, only one time, when I could no longer stand this girls-only world, and went home to Fukuoka in tears, and told my mother that I wanted to quit. But my mother scolded me intensely. "You chose Takarazuka, so set aside crying about it. If you still feel that you want to continue on as a singer or dancer, you can't quit over something like this!" she said.

My favorite memory is definitely eating. There was a much-loved okonomiyaki restaurant that I'd stop by nearly every day after school. I've heard that the restaurant is still there. I'd definitely like to try and stop by there again.

In any case, I'm very happy now as the singer Koyanagi Rumiko, and also as the women Koyanagi Rumiko, to have been able to live and study in Takarazuka.

When I indulge in my memories like this, that dormitory seems so near that I can almost hear the sound of the Muko River as it flows by.

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I'm still enjoying reading these. <3

Er, I sort of forgot where these came from and I skimmed back through the other tagged ones and don't see it. Was it a book or a Graph feature or...?
Sorry! Yes, I said in the first one I posted, but that entry had media in it, so it's locked. Asahi Shimbun publication, Oh, Takarazuka 60th: From Branko to Berubara (1976).
I'm so happy you felt guilty over not doing more of these. ♥ Thank you!!
My very great pleasure. <3