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 “Yose”.
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
The main feature is
applying the “Punch Line” at the end of the piece.
Current number of the
storytellers amounts to 425 persons in four groups in Tokyo and 200 persons
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