Japanese Drama Society Presents…

1535011_10153945813172942_5098288538732357465_nI don’t know when the first manga came into our home. Who brought it home? Vicki? James? Raewyn? Where did it come from? The library? The store?

Manga are comics created in Japan, or by Japanese creators in the Japanese language, conforming to a style developed in Japan in the late 19th century. They caught on quickly among our older kids, and led straight to anime, which is the abbreviated pronunciation of “animation” in Japanese. This in turn led to live-action TV programs and movies. Some of them have been dubbed over in English, but our kids often prefer to watch the originals, in Japanese, with subtitles.

Most of our kids attended the annual Animethon in Edmonton a couple of times, dressing up in full costume of their favourite anime characters.

This love of all things manga and anime led two of our daughters to study the Japanese language, both spoken and written.

Yesterday our family was treated to a live action show of a different kind. Our daughter Raewyn and her best friend Melinda were part of the Japanese Drama Society play, which is done entirely in Japanese — with subtitles in English on a screen above the stage. The girls weren’t the only non-Japanese actors, but they were part of a small minority. It was a delightful play, well done, and enjoyed by all.

You haven’t lived until you’ve heard the song, “Everything You Can Do, I Can Do Better”, sung in Japanese!

© Willena Flewelling


  1. Manga and anime are huge in my house. I actually run a fanfiction community around a series, InuYasha. My sister and I collect manga like crazy. lol

    The play sounds like it was fun.
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    • Nile, our kids went to their first Animethon in 2009, which happened to open on our youngest, Nathaniel’s, 10th birthday. Guess which character he dressed up as? His #1 favourite — InuYasha!! He was small for his age, and he looked absolutely adorable in full costume, including a string of beads, and big black wig.

      Nathaniel has the full manga series and has watched the series I don’t know how many times. I’ve never watched it, but his computer is six feet from mine, so I’ve heard it numerous times. He’s 15 now, and has watched many more anime programs, but he still goes back to his old favourite.
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