クラシックバレエ イン 砂川  Classical ballet in SUNAGAWA

7日は砂川で行われた、『誰にでもわかる 楽しいクラシックバレエ』と言うバレエのイベントに友達とJRの1日散歩切符を使って(普通列車と快速が1日使えます)行って来ました。行きの列車では友達が青菜とシラス、を混ぜたご飯に梅干しとおかかの入ったおにぎりを握ってきてくれ、私も混ぜご飯をおにぎりにして持っていき、2人でお菓子も用意し、友達は飲み物まで持ってきてくれて、さながらピクニックのようでした(笑)

On 7th of Nov.my friend & I went to an event called 『enjoyable classical ballet which anyone can understand』using JR Hokkaido rail way company’s one day ticket ,(ICHINICHI SAMPO KIPPU “one day taking a walk ticket” you can use local train & rapid-service train all day long) on our way to SUNAGAWA my friend made rice balls which mixed some Japanese vegetable called AONA & some Japanese very small fish called SIRASU. She also put some pickled plum & dried bonito in those rice balls. I also took fried rice-rice balls ,we also brought some snacks and she prepared some drinks ,so it was like a some excursion (smile)

途中、車窓からの景色  a view from the train window

At EWAMIZAWA to change trains for SUNAGAWA . An art object of a horse at Banei horse race (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ban%27ei )which is not running now.

14時頃に砂川に到着。最初にビックリしたのがJR砂川駅校内のベンチ。座布団(今どきはクッションと呼ぶべきなのでしょうか?)が敷いてあり、座り心地がとっても良かったです。これを観た瞬間に「砂川=良い街」と私の頭にインプットされました(^-^)砂川と言えば国道12号線をメインに「北菓楼」など9つのお菓子のお店がある「砂川スイートロード」で有名な街。バレエ鑑賞をする地区交流センター「ゆう」の受付でバレエのチケットを買い、街のことを聞き、「スイートロードまっぷ」をもらいました。「Sweet Road(スイート ロード)」の「Sweet スイート」は「お菓子」と言う意味の他に「心地よい」「嬉しい」「美しい」の意味も含めていると地図に書いていました(^u^)

We arrived at SUNAGAWA around at 14:00. I was surprised to see benches at SUNAGAWA st. Because there are cushions on them. It was very comfortable to sit down . By this incident ,I input 「 SUNAGAWA = GOOD CITY」(^-^) Talking of SUNAGAWA  it’s famous about 「SUNAGAWA SWEET ROAD」along national highway route 12 there mainly are 9 sweets shops such as 「KITAKAROU」.At the reception of district community center “YU” We bought the ballet tickets , then asked about SUNAGAWA city and she gave me 「SWEET ROAD MAP」In this case “SWEET” has not only one meaning about sweets such as candy ,chocolates or cookies but also means “comfort” “happy” “beautiful”etc.

JR砂川駅 at SUNAGAWA st.

駅構内のベンチ Benches inside of the st.

JR 砂川駅前 In front of JR SUNAGAWA st.

ゆう エレベーター

Elevator which joins district community center YU and JR SUNAGAWA st. Although I was too surprised to take a picture, there was a boy who rode on a bike got off and passed in front of me.


Before the ballet event we took a coffee break at “YAMAICHI” The owner of this coffee shop told us that this coffee shop was used as filming spot by a scriptwriter Sou Kuramoto’s drama called「 KINOU KANASHIBETUDE (yesterday at KANASHIBETU)」in 1984. He came to our table taking a dancing cat toy with him
And took a pictures for us, very open hearted person. When we took a pictures outside the owner’s wife was coming (she was very good person,too)and we talked together. She talked( ,if I was correct ,that there were 5 wild cats and she gave them cat foods)that she wished that these cats’ owners would be found and they could go through winter safely ! After going back to district community center one of office workers told us that if you went to YAMAICHI again please try fried Spaghetti.

食事&喫茶やまいち coffee shop YAMAICHI

やまいち なか
懐かしい感じの雰囲気が漂う店内 inside of the shop somehow I felt nostalgic

ハロウィンの飾りで使ったカボチャ pumpkins used at Halloween

のら猫ちゃん達 wild cats



At last the main event 『classical ballet which anyone can understand 』began. As it was my first ballet appreciation everything to see and to listen to was so fresh & exciting. At first the emcee of this event talked about ballet history, I learnt that ballet began at Renaissance period(it was spread in Japan during Taisho era)and French king Louis XIV liked ballet,in early period they did 『court ballet』with men only(men played women’s roles) and Marie Taglioni(since she was a little her father strictly taught her ballet so she became some ballerina) completed the style of ballet such as wearing pointe shoes and the technique. I also learnt that 3 famous ballet are 『the sleeping beauty』『The nutcracker』『swan lake』( French man, Marius Petipa produced and choreographed these ballets and Russian ,peter llich Tchaikovsky composed them)


Generally they practice handrail lesson for about 40 ~50minutes and then pointe shoes lesson for 1 or 1 and half hour(they performed both lessons for us) Interesting things were that small childcan’t wear pointe shoes. Because there are possibility to transform bones until their body grow firmly. Besides to wear them they need teacher’s permission (they seemed to be allowed to wear around at 10-year old).Stuffing of pointe shoes are made of clothes which is soaked by special glue, therefore as they practiced it becomes softer , so if they practice very hard the shoes last only for a few days.

履けなくなったトウシューズ pointe shoes damaged by practice


Between explanation and dance performance the emcee called out for the children to come to the stage and enjoyed the quiz together(eg. Why leotard calls leotard? :answer is that because Jules Léotard made this , or where come from the meaning of ballet costume tutu? : answer is (there is a nuance of )pretty bottom(of small child)) Except quiz the children also challenged mime which was used in ballet(this was similar to sigh language)


バレイ パントマイム②


↑の合間に世界の4大バレリーナを集めて踊ったと言う作品『パ・ド・カトル』を踊ってくれたり、『白鳥の湖』で有名な「4羽の白鳥の踊り」(白鳥の湖は紙芝居もみせてくれました。この作品では悪魔に白鳥に変えられた主人公 オデット姫 と 悪魔の娘でオデット姫に変身して王子に会いに行く オディール姫がでてきますが、オデット姫は白い衣装、オディール姫は黒い衣装を着ていて、この2つの役は1人の方が両方とも踊るそうです)、Tシャツとズボンでの創作ダンス、『くるみ割り人形』の中から3曲を踊ってくれ、最後は今回出演されたバレリーナの方達の「眠れる森の美女」や「ドン・キホーテ」などのソロの演技も楽しめて、あっと言う間の1時間半でした。

Among ↑’explanation of ballet history, lessons or quiz and mimes they danced 『pas de quatre 』which was famous work danced by 4 world wide ballerinas in 1845. They also performed『Dance of the little swans』from 『Swan Lake』(They did picture-story show of 『Swan Lake』. In this story princess Odette who took a main role and was changed into a swan by a devil and princess Odile who was the devil’s daughter transformed herself into swan princess Odette and went to see the prince …both 2 princesses appeared ,swan princess Odette wore white costume and swan princess Odile wore black one, these 2 roles were performed by one ballerina)Except these they did creative dancewearing T-shirt & ppantsm and danced pieces fromieces from 『the nut cracker』and in the end we enjoyed seeing their solo performances such as 『the sleeping beauty』『Don Quixote』 ) I felt 1 and half hour passed so fast.

『くるみ割り人形』とティアラなど the nut cracker and tiara etc.

ロマンティック チュチュ romantic tutu

バレエ衣装 ballet costume

バレエ衣装 ballet costume


On our way back、 the wife of district community center YU’S chief, Mr Chiba took us to one of sweet shop,HONDA.which was on sweet road map. Because I’m indecisive it took too long selecting and both my friend and Mrs.Chiba had to wait((+_+)) Anyway we spent very enjoyable time. Thank you so much for Mr.&Mrs. Chiba for treating us well and P-san who came together from Sapporo for this putit trip!!

いただきものの1つ「ほんだ」の「シューロール」。美味しかったです(^◇^) One of the sweets which was presented「HONDA」’s「cream puff like roll」It was very delicious(^◇^)



ゴン GON

Author:ゴン GON