Last Shibai

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Last Shibai


“The last shibai was held for Mr. (Kay) Hagimori who was
terminally ill. The shibai performers were members of the Gojikai, which was a very large service organization mostly made up of Kibei Nisei (1.5 and second generation). They were all busy working people and where they found the time to rehearse, I don’t know.”
–Reverend Donald Castro,
former Rinban at Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Temple

Gojikaishibai performers gather at one of their last performances, IsseiNite, October 1983. Members are:
back row, left to right – Frank Hattori, Joe Wakazuru,
Yoshito Harada, Kay Hagimori, Hisako Toshi, Takashi Matsui, George Mizumori, Jim Hasegawa; front row, left to right – Kiyoshi Yasui, T.R. Goto, Ted Tomita, Sr., Kiki Hagimori,
Nancy Funamori, Charles Toshi.

Courtesy of Seattle Betsuin Archives Committee