What is Rakugo?
It is traditional Japanese comedic story telling, whose roots date back to the 16th century.
Rakugo developed into a popular form of entertainment for the working class and spread rapidly throughout the urban areas.
A single performer dressed in a kimono, kneeling on stage, with only a fan and towel as props, tells a story.
Through various gestures, voice inflections, and facial expressions, the performer is able to vividly portray imaginary multiple characters on stage.
The performer success comes from his ability to pull the audience into his imaginary world, and in Rakugo there are no limits to the imagination.
This text from Katura Beichou UK stage guide book