Rakugo which has started from Edo period is a form of Japanese verbal entertainment. The lone storyteller (rakugoka) sits on stage, called Kōza. Using only a folding fan (sensu) and a small cloth (tenugui) as props, and without standing up from the seiza sitting position, the rakugoka depicts a long and complicated comical story. The story always involves the dialogue of two or more characters, the difference between the characters depicted only through change in pitch, tone, and a slight turn of the head.
Oh yeah, I introduce a distinctive rakugoka, Shinoharu Tatekawa. Because he lived in the United States for a long time, he is good at speaking English. Now, He has challenged Rakugo performance in English. Many foreigners who heard his rakugo in English has begun to enjoy The Rakugo.
*Shinoharu Tatekawa official website
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