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.

External links
*Shinoharu Tatekawa official website

See also
*List of Japanese culture

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