日本で唯一の男性芸者エイタロウ その素顔は...?

26歳になるエイタロウは代々芸者の家系に産まれ、彼の母も祖母も皆芸者として伝統芸を受け継いできた。



<Huffington Post>が初めてエイタロウの存在を知ったのは<Daily Mail>の記事であった。6人の芸者が在籍する芸者小屋の家長を務める彼は、ガンで亡くなった母の後を継ぎその道を極めようとするうちに、芸の技術も知名度も日本一となっていたのだ。

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男性の芸者は女性よりも実は歴史が古いのだが、大戦以降その知名度や人気は徐々に衰退していった。現在芸者の横で太鼓を叩く男性はいても実際に芸者を務めるのはエイタロウだけなのである。現代にその伝統を甦らせ、より広く伝えてゆきたいと考えていた彼の母の意志を受け継ぎ、今日もエイタロウは化粧をし、舞躍るのである。

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Yayoi Kusama (b. 1929), Flowers and Self-Portrait, 1973. Collage, watercolor, and ink on paper, 20 7/8 x 16 9/16 in. (53 x 42 cm). Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo. (c) Yayoi Kusama. Image courtesy Yayoi Kusama Studio Inc.; Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo; Victoria Miro Gallery, London; and Gagosian Gallery, New York

Yayoi Kusama (b. 1929), Self-Portrait, 1972. Collage with pastel, ballpoint pen, and ink on paper, 29 5/16 x 17 5/16 in. (74.4 x 44 cm). Collection of the artist. (c) Yayoi Kusama. Image courtesy Yayoi Kusama Studio Inc.; Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo; Victoria Miro Gallery, London; and Gagosian Gallery, New York

Yayoi Kusama (b. 1929), Self-Obliteration No. 3, 1967. Watercolor, ink, pastel, and photocollage on paper, 15 7/8 x 19 13/16 in. (40.4 x 50.4 cm), Collection of the artist. (c) Yayoi Kusama. Image courtesy Yayoi Kusama Studio Inc.; Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo; Victoria Miro Gallery, London; and Gagosian Gallery, New York

Yayoi Kusama (b. 1929), Self-Obliteration No. 1, 1962--7. Watercolor, ink, graphite, and photocollage on paper, 15 7/8 x 19 13/16 in. (40.4 x 50.4 cm). Collection of the artist. (c) Yayoi Kusama. Image courtesy Yayoi Kusama Studio Inc.; Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo; Victoria Miro Gallery, London; and Gagosian Gallery, New York

Yayoi Kusama (b. 1929), Man Catching the Insect, 1972. Collage with oil on paper, 19 7/8 x 16 15/16 in. (50.5 x 43 cm). Collection of the artist. (c) Yayoi Kusama. Image courtesy Yayoi Kusama Studio Inc.; Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo; Victoria Miro Gallery, London; and Gagosian Gallery, New York

Yayoi Kusama (b. 1929), Untitled, c. 1962--3. Collage on paper, 23 13/16 x 25 in. (60.5 x 63.5 cm). Collection of the artist. (c) Yayoi Kusama. Image courtesy Yayoi Kusama Studio Inc.; Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo; Victoria Miro Gallery, London; and Gagosian Gallery, New York

Yayoi Kusama (b. 1929), An Encounter with a Flowering Season, 2009. Synthetic polymer on canvas, 51 5/16 x 63 3/4 in. (130.3 x 162 cm). Collection of the artist. (c) Yayoi Kusama. Image courtesy Yayoi Kusama Studio Inc.; Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo; Victoria Miro Gallery, London; and Gagosian Gallery, New York

Yayoi Kusama (b. 1929), Late-night Chat is Filled with Dreams, 2009. Synthetic polymer on canvas, 63 3/4 x 63 3/4 in. (162 x 162 cm). Collection of the artist. (c)
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Yayoi Kusama (b. 1929), All about my Love, and I Long to Eat a Dream of the Night, 2009. Synthetic polymer on canvas, 51 5/16 x 63 3/4 in. (130.3 x 162 cm). Collection of the artist. (c) Yayoi Kusama. Image courtesy Yayoi Kusama Studio Inc.; Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo; Victoria Miro Gallery, London; and Gagosian Gallery, New York

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