ADVANCED Listening, Comprehension & Vocabulary Exercise
German Photographer, Yoram Roth, Pays Tribute to Yukio Mishima’s Noh Opera Adaptation
(Article originally appeared in Tokyo Journal Issue #274 Pg 84)
A sullen geisha sitting alone at a station, Hanako waits, For years, she has waited every day in the same place, gripping a treasured fan in her hand.
Such an exquisite beauty, she was noticed by all. The world wondered how she could be so passively obsessive. The conclusion was that she must be mad.
What her spectators didn’t know was that the fan she held was the embodiment of a vow she had made to the man who possessed her heart. Hanako had promised to love Yoshio eternally. When he had to depart, he had given her a fan to represent their love, which would be requited upon his return. And so she had sworn that she would wait.