Rakugo

I’m going to explain about Rakugo!!!


Rakugo (落語, literally "fallen words") is a form of Japanese traditional verbal entertainment which has been around for approximately 400 years. The lone storyteller (落語家rakugoka) sits on stage, called Kōza (高座). Using only a folding fan (扇子 sensu) and a Japanese thin towel (手拭 tenugui) as props like chopsticks, sword, book, wallet etc…, and without standing up from the seiza sitting position, the rakugo artist depicts a long and complicated comical (or sometimes cynically) story. The story always involves the dialogue of two or more characters by one person. The difference between the characters is depicted only through change in pitch, tone, facial expression and a slight turn of the head.

The most famous place of rakugo in Tokyo is Asakusa Engei Hall(浅草園芸ホール).

They sell souvenirs like tenugui, sensu, snacks, and more.

Almost of all you guys can’t listen Japanese.

There is no problem that some of storyteller speak English about rakugo, so you enjoy it without hesitation.

We would be happy if you have interests in rakugo.

There is more information below.


One of the rakugoka named Katsura Sunshine is from Canada!

His rakugo is so comical and he knows what is rakugo completely.

Usually he talks about Japanese culture from the point of oversea view.

Further he holds rakugo stage around the world!!

https://www.youtube.com/user/KatsuraSunshine


There is English rakugo stage on 17th April 2018 in Tokyo too.

His name is Tachikawa Shinoharu, he is reported in the media from oversea.

http://shinoharu.com/?schedule=%E2%97%862018%E5%B9%B4-4%E6%9C%8817%E6%97%A5%EF%BC%88%E7%81%AB%EF%BC%89shinoharu-english-rakugo-in-fukagawa-%E2%85%A4


Let’s check it out!!



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