RAKUGO, the Japanese art of storytelling, evolved as a form of entertainment for ordinary people during the Edo period (1603-1867). Yet, owing to its extraordinary adaptability, it has remained a relevant art form for over 400 years.
It is a live performance art that has penetrated the borders of Japan and continues to gain popularity overseas. The rakugo stage once dominated by Japanese raconteurs now features foreign storytellers, as well as Japanese performers, both amateur and professional, who endeavor to entertain us in English.
The only requirements for rakugo storytelling are a folding fan, a hand towel, and your imagination
In Talking About Rakugo, learn what distinguishes rakugo from Japan's other traditional performing arts, become acquainted with its greatest contributors, enjoy some of rakugo's most popular classical stories, and meet the performers of today.
Rakugo is entertainment for the general public and Talking About Rakugo is your easy-to-understand general guide.