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This vaudeville performance is said to have originated in latter 16th century and was developed during Edo Period (1603~1868), which has been vigorously inherited to present days.

It is performed in entertainment halls called gYoseh. 

The storyteller sits on stage on a dais, wearing Kimono, and performs his humorous story piece solo, usually in the form of a dialogue. 

The male artist also takes female parts dramatically.

Folding fans and hand towels are used for props that illustrate the various actions in the talks. 

One piece of story is picked up from the three general imaginary environments and talked in 15 to 20 minutes. 

The main feature is applying the gPunch Lineh at the end of the piece. 

Current number of the storytellers amounts to 425 persons in four groups in Tokyo and 200 persons in Osaka. 

There were many masters among them in the past and similarly so at present. 

Every Rakugo artist works hard in an effort to achieve the master position

   

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