Details are as follows:
Kaishi Katsura (Rakugo Master)
Asakichi Katsura (Rakugo Master)
Fukuryu Katsura (Rakugo Master)
Kouki Houraiya (Traditional Juggler)
What is Rakugo anyway?
Rakugo (落語 literally, “fallen words”) is a form of Japanese verbal entertainment. A lone storyteller (rakugoka) sits on the stage, called the kōza (高座), and using only a paper fan and a hand towel as props, recounts, without rising from his seat, a long and complicated comical story. The story is narrated as a conversation among two or more characters. The performer switches from one character to another, changing his voice, facial expression, mannerisms, and accent to fit the person who is speaking. The monologue typically lasts for 30 minutes and ends with a surprise punch line, a narrative stunt known as ochi (fall) or sage(lowering).
Rakugo originated from Buddhist sermons. The priests used dramatic stories to illustrate the spiritual principles of Buddhism such as the transiency of life, ephemeral reality of secular values, and others. Early rakugo performers parodied those stories to relieve people from the painful reality of life by helping them to laugh at themselves. (source: www.newworldencyclopedia.org)
Please register NOW by visiting this link –> http://www.ana.co.jp/phyose1710 before Sep 17, 2017 to get a chance to watch this amazing Japanese traditional comedy show!
- – Tickets are FREE and will be awarded on a lottery basis
- – Winners will be notified through E-mail on/before September 23, 2017
- – Maximum of two (2) tickets per winner
- – Recommended for ages 13 and up. Children under 7 are not permitted in the theater
- – Winners are requested to enter the theater at least 15 minutes before the show starts