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Play: Rabbit’s Present

Students act out this children’s story which can be easily understood by an audience with or without knowledge of Japanese. The play can be used by students not only in the classroom but also as a presentation for a school event. There are 8 parts.

 

Story Outline

A squirrel postman delivers a parcel containing fruit and vegetable seeds to two bears as a gift from their two rabbit friends. However, the bears are not sure what the seeds are, so they go to the rabbits’ place with the parcel.
But the bears drop the seeds on their way to the rabbits’ place, and by the time they discover the loss, the seeds have sprouted and grown.

Script

Script (PDF 474KB)

Cast

しろくまさん White Bear
くろくまさん Black Bear
しろうさぎさん White Rabbit
くろうさぎさん Black Rabbit
りすさん Squirrel
りんご Apple
オレンジ Orange
トマト Tomato

Cast Pictures

The provided cast pictures can be made into finger puppets or enlarged to make masks or ‘hats’ for use in the performance of the skits.

Cast Picture sheet (PDF 157KB)

Words and Expressions

とんとんとん knock , knock
なかは、なに? What’s inside?
わからない I don’t know
たべよう let’s eat
ゆうびん mail
たね seed(s)
こまったな!Oh,no!
わーい、わーい!hooray!

When your skit is ready, why not enter it into the Japan Foundation Video Matsuri Contest! Check the details by using the url below.
https://jpf.org.au/language/for-learners/contests/video-matsuri/

 

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