Classroom Resources

Play: Ikkyusan

This play, based on the true story of a famous boy monk, comes from a collection of plays and skits created by the ACT Japanese teachers’ group for use in their primary and junior secondary classrooms. Students work cooperatively in groups or as a class to prepare and perform the play for their classmates or at a school event.

Level: Primary, Junior_Secondary

Story Outline

Ikkyuu-san is a clever and somewhat mischievous young boy who is in training to become a Zen monk. There is a series of stories which document his adventures as he outwits the adults he encounters. In this particular story, Ikkyuu-san catches the head priest out in a lie about the sweets the priest is eating.

Cast

ナレーター×2=narrator ×2
いっきゅうさん=Ikkyusan
おしょうさん=Head monk
おとこのこ=Boys( as many as needed )

Script



Cultural Notes

Zen Buddhism

a school of Buddhism which came to Japan via India and China in approximately 1200. Zen Buddhism focuses on an individual's path to enlightenment (satori) through discipline and meditation.

Ikkyuu-san

was a real person. He lived from 1394~1481, and trained as a Zen Priest at Ankoku Temple in Kyoto.

Boo-san/O-boo-san

is a Buddhist monk.

Oshoo/Oshoo-san

is a Buddhist priest who is in charge of a temple.

Language Concepts

  • adjectives (warui, ii, amai, abunai, oishii) + “noun” ga “adjective” desu
  • ~te kudasai (+~nai de kudasai)
  • ~tai desu

Web Links

Information and tasks on Ikkyusan
http://jpfsyd-classroomresources.com/r53.html

wikipedia information on Ikkyuu-san
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ikkyu 

A very brief background to Zen Buddhism, and an interesting section on how to perform “zazen”.
http://www.ibiblio.org/zen/faq.html

More information on Buddhism and Shinto.
http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2055.html

Related Resources

Manga: Ikkyusan