Japanese Traditional Style Comedy in English!

Experience a Rakugo Performance in English!

Rakugo is a Japanese traditional style of comedy and story telling, and is one of Japan's fine arts since the Edo Period.

“English Rakugo by Shinoharu Tatekawa" is a performance coordinated while considering a non-Japanese speaking audience, for non-Japanese to learn more about what Rakugo is.
You will be able to experience a Rakugo performance even if you are still learning Japanese and are not yet fluent in the language!

Many Rakugo performances are conducted only in Japanese, and as a traditional art, it can be difficult for even the Japanese to appreciate.

However, we do not want such language barriers to stop non-Japanese people from discovering and enjoying this rich traditional art. We hope that more people who love the Japanese culture can learn about this traditional style of comedy and storytelling.

Our aim is to first introduce the concept of Rakugo to non-Japanese, and help them understand it better. If they enjoy his English Rakugo, they can next challenge his Japanese Rakugo! Shinoharu does Japanese Rakugo performances regularly in Tokyo as well.

Update (20 September): Do get your tickets soon as there are limited seats!

30 September 2015

Door Open: 7PM
Start: 7:30PM

Hikari Juku in Shibuya (B1 of 光和ビル)
光塾 (光和ビル地下1階)

Tōkyō-to, Shibuya-ku, Shibuya, 3-Chome 27-15, 光和ビル B1, JAPAN 150-0002 [Google maps] [Location Image]
〒150-0002 渋谷区渋谷3-27-15 光和ビルB1

*: 1,500 yen
Standard: 2,000 yen

*Students include University Students, Exchange Students, and Language School Students. Please remember to bring your student ID or proof of affiliation on the day.

For inquires, do not hesitate to contact us.
Office: 03-6146-5563
Contact Person: Yushi Han
E-mail: rakugo@vivid-creations.biz


5 min walk from Shibuya Tokyu Line/Tokyo Metro (Fukutoshin,Hanzomon)
Exit 16

Get out from Metro Exit 16, Walk straight along Meiji-dori towards Ebisu for 200m, turn right at the junction with the pedestrian bridge.

Cross the bridge, and the building is next to the Post Office. (The first floor of the building is a Doutor Coffee joint.) Go down to B1.

1 min walk from JR Shibuya Station, Shin-Minamiguchi (New South Exit)

Without exiting from Shibuya station central exits, walk towards transferring to Saikyo Line and exit from the New South Exit gate.


What is RAKUGO?

A form of traditional Japanese entertainment, Rakugo is best described as stand-up comedy in a sit-down story-telling style, established in the late 18th century. As a minimalistic performance art, a lone storyteller usually wears a kimono (Japanese traditional clothing), uses a sensu (paper fan) and a tenugui (tiny handkerchief), and entertains the audience by playing several characters on a koza (stage).

As the story is being told, the storyteller gradually starts telling the story by acting as the characters in the story, rather than telling it as the narrator. There are usually more than two characters in each story and the performer plays both of them by skilfully switching the tone of his voice, his facial and body expressions. These stories are always witty and funny, and it is the rich usage of wordplay that makes rakugo so enjoyable.


SHINOHARU TATEKAWA is a Rakugo storyteller born in Osaka. After graduating from Yale University, he worked in Mitsui & Co. Ltd for three and a half years. In 2002, he was so greatly impressed and inspired when he attended Shinosuke Tatekawa’s Rakugo performance that he decided to give up his corporate position and focus his future on Rakugo by taking up a discipleship with Shinosuke Tatekawa.

After learning and training in the art of Rakugo for eight and a half years, he was promoted to “Futatsume” (a recognized rank for independent Rakugo performers). Besides traditional Rakugo tales, he has created new styles of Rakugo, including performances in English to bring this art form to an international audience.

In 2011, he gave his first solo Rakugo performance in Singapore. Following that, in 2012, he was invited to the Singapore International Storytelling Festival (SISF), where he was the only Japanese performer featured. He came back again to Singapore in 2013 and 2014 due to popular demand. The upcoming event marks his sixth time performing in Singapore.

Presently, he travels around Japan and the world on a mission of bringing laughter to everyone.

Official page: http://shinoharu.com/


Held in Tokyo, Shibuya
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  • The event description was updated. Diff 2015-09-24 02:15:43
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Wed Sep 30, 2015
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM JST
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Standard ¥2,000
Student ¥1,500
Venue Address
Tōkyō-to, Shibuya-ku, Shibuya, 3-Chome 27-15, 光和ビル Japan
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