The Multilingual RAKUGO Performances”YOBANASHI OSAKA”（インバウンド向け公演のご案内）
Yobanashi Osaka The Multilingual RAKUGO Performances will be held in December and January. The dates, names of Rakugo performers, and the languages in which Rakugo will be performed are as follows. Please enjoy an unprecedented international Rakugo performances!
- December 15 (Fri)
English Night: Shofukutei Kakusho, Katsura Kaishi, and others
- December 16 (Sat)
Taiwan Night: Katsura Monshiro and others
- January 27(Sat)
Korean Night: Sofukutei Ginpei and others
- January 28(Sun)
English Night: Sanyutei Ryuraku, Katsura Kaishi and others
On all days, the opening, closing and performance times are as follows.
◎Venue opening 21:30
◎Start of perforances 21:45
◎End of performances 22:45
◎Venue closing 23:00
Entrance Fee 3000 Yen
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The Multilingual RAKUGO Performances
We are pleased to present 4 special Rakugo performances in foreign languages at Tenma-Tenjin Hanjotei in Osaka.
Hanjotei is the only Kamigata rakugo theater located in front of the north gate of Osaka Tenmangu Shrine, a historic shirine.
This year’s performance will feature Ginpei Shofukutei, Kakusho Shofukutei, and Kaishi Katsura, who are among the few people appointed by the Agency for Cultural Affairs to serve as exchange ambassadors, along with young international performer Monshiro Katsura and guest performer Ryuraku Sanyutei, who has performed Rakugo in 8 different countries. Rakugo will be performed in 3 different languages with Kamigata performing arts such as Ohkagura for guests from overseas.
Entrance Fee 3.000 Yen
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About Tenma-Tenjin Hanjotei
Tenma-Tenjin Hanjotei is located a 3-minute walk from Osaka Metro Minamimorimachi Station and a 3-minute walk from Osaka Tenmangu Station on the JR Tozai Line.
It is the only Kamigata Rakugo performance theater in Japan which is located in front of the North Gate of Osaka Tenmangu Shrine. Also, it is the first performance theater specializing in Kamigata Rakugo to be revived in the Kansai region in 60 years since the end of World War II. Since its opening in September 2006, it has been loved by many people and has become a bustling new landmark in Osaka. The daytime performances change weekly, and the nighttime performances change daily, offering a rich variety of performances every day of the week.
As a new experiment in the late-night slot, we have created 4 opportunities to enjoy Rakugo performances in foreign languages.
What is Rakugo?
Rakugo is one of Japan’s traditional performing arts that has continued for about 300 years since the Edo period (1603-1868). Although the word “traditional performing arts” may sound difficult, Rakugo is anything but. That is why it continues to be loved by the common people while changing with the times.
A Rakugo performer is called a Rakugo-ka (comic storyteller) or a Hanashi-ka (storyteller). Rakugo is also sometimes called Hanashi (story).
The Rakugo performer appears on stage wearing a Kimono and sits on a Zabuton (Japanese cushion) on the stage. Then performs one story while seated. There are several characters in a story, all of whom are performed by a single Rakugo performer. In other words, Rakugo is a play performed by one person.
There are no devices or tools on the stage. Rakugo is a very simple performance. The audience listens to the Rakugo performer’s words, watches his movements and facial expressions, and imagines the scene in their own minds. If they find something funny, they laugh out loud. Therefore, the customer’s “imagination” is also an important point.
That’s enough of a formal explanation. Anyway, please actually watch and listen to Rakugo. Relax and listen to it as you imagine it in your mind.
I will be very happy if you all feel that Rakugo is interesting.
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