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originated in Japan more than 400 years ago. It is often referred to as
Japanese sit-down, or kneel-down, comedy. But, rakugo is more than just the
telling of funny stories. It is also a collection of stories encapsulating
Japanese culture and preserving knowledge about Japan’s past. The stories are
usually about everyday people and their everyday lives. And they illustrate
social relationships and lifestyles of the past as viewed from today.
The rakugo performer, dressed in a traditional kimono, tells a story while kneeling on a cushion. The performer can walk, run, or even fly without ever leaving the cushion. Only two props are used: a folding fan and a hand towel. The fan can be anything—a pen, a fishing rod, a pair of chopsticks, and even a sword. The towel can be a sheet of paper, a book, a dish, and other similar items.
The rakugo performer brings to
life two or more characters—a graceful lady, a samurai, a geisha, a drunk, an
old man, a child. With a simple turn of the head, the performer can create a
full-blown conversation between characters.
Come and join us to enjoy Japanese rakugo in English!
***RAKUGO in ENGLISH ***
May 20, Saturday,2017
Doors open at 12:30
Show starts at 13:00
＠Shinjyuku Bunka Center Small Hall