Rakugo is the traditional Japanese art form of comic storytelling.
It has over 300 years of history.
To make it easier to imagine what it is, I would say it’s like between stand-up comedy and solo comic skit.
The story teller, rakugo-ka, dressed in a nice kimono and seated on a zabuton (cushion), tells funny stories with expressions and gestures.
The classic rakugo stories were made a few centuries ago, and they are still played by the present rakugo-ka.
The stories have wit and quaint; therefore, not so many young people go see rakugo.
Most of the rakugo fans are older people, so rakugo-ka are making effort to bring more young audiences to the theaters.
This is JAPAN Style!
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