My first experience of rakugo was back in 1973 when I was staying with the Kakehashi family in Tokyo’s Sengawa. Mr Kakehashi loved showing me the best of Japanese culture, so one day he took me and my visiting parents… Read moreLike a classical music performance
JAPANESE humour studies has lost one of its greatest researchers, Professor Miyoko Sasaki. Together with her long-time colleague Heinz Morioka, Prof. Sasaki wrote Rakugo – the Popular Narrative Art of Japan (Harvard East Asian Monographs, 138, Council on East Asian Studies, Harvard … Read moreYes, we have a sense of humour – Prof. Miyoko Sasaki
TODAY I was at St Augustine’s Anglican Church to hear the rakugoka, Tatekawa Koshira, crack lots of jokes and puns! A big audience belly-laughed through his stories, especially the classic tale Shinigami [The God of Death].
Henry Black also acted. Here he is in the kabuki role of Omiwa in a postcard sent to him by an admirer. (Image courtesy of Mr Hisashi Kano).
An exciting day because Hideaki Kobayashi has been working hard behind the scenes to set this website up and now we are underway.