This traditional Japanese art of comedy storytelling has been enchanting audiences for over 400 years. Rakugo was invented by Buddhist monks in the 9th and 10th century to make their sermons more interesting and its written tradition can be traced back to the story collection Uji Shūi Monogatari (1213–18). Gradually the form turned from humorous narrative into monologue, probably upon the request of the feudal lords, seeking people skilled enough to entertain them with various kinds of storytelling.The kimono-clad performer recounts a tale whilst kneeling on a cushion, using voice inflections, gestures and facial expressions to portray all the characters and using only a fan & handkerchief as props to creatively represent a variety of objects. The storyteller takes the listener on a magical journey, giving insights into Japanese customs, culture, and traditional lifestyles in a light-hearted, humorous way.

The only limitation is the listener’s imagination.

Materials we need;

-a small stage

-a cushion

-listeners’ imagination

Materials must be on the stage. We ca choose 2 materials and these materials can be used for anything in the story. (by imagination of course)

You should;

-knee down

-not narrate

-make eye contact

-use mimics and gestures

To dramatize different people; use different voice and change eye contact for each person.

***At the end of the story we need a punch line***

I attend a seminar about RAKUGO. It was given by “DIANE KICHIJITSU”. It was absolutely  amazing! You can search her on the Youtube. Here I share one of her videos. Click below to watch it .




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