Friday, October 1, 2010

Rakugo! Japanese Storytelling

Storytelling is an ancient and international art - this is rakugo, an example from the Far East. The origin of this type of performance - wherein a single storyteller relays a comedic story from a small stage, always in a seiza sitting position with few props and limited movement - dates back to 13th century feudal Japan.

The stories, which are complex and always involve dialogue between one or more characters, are kind of like a sitcom, where one actor plays all the parts.

Most rakugo are, obviously, performed in Japanese, but this is an English version for your enjoyment:

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