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Rakugo Perfomances and Workshop with the Canary English Rakugo Company

30 August — 6:30 pm - 31 August — 4:30 pm

Friday 30 & Saturday 31 August 2019

Japan House London
101-111 Kensington High Street
London W8 5SA

Rakugo Performance: The Art of Japanese Comic Storytelling
Session 1: Friday 30 August 2019 – 6.30pm*
Session 2: Saturday 31 August 2019 – 4.30pm
*Session 1 is followed by a drinks reception

Free – Booking essential
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Rakugo Workshop: Learn the Art of Japanese Comic Storytelling
Saturday 31 August 2.00pm – 3.30pm

Free – Booking essential
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Join us for an evening of Japanese comedy with master storyteller, Kanariya Eiraku and members of the Canary English Rakugo Company. Rakugo comic monologues have a long history in Japan, and have grown in popularity in recent years.

The evening’s entertainment includes an introduction to rakugo, a selection of tales and a tamasudare performance. Though the humour is timeless, many stories take us back in atmosphere to earlier periods in Japanese history, with stories of masters and servants, children at school and descriptions of disappearing lifestyles. It perfectly complements the Japan House exhibition of works by Anno Mitsumasa, one of Japan’s greatest children’s book illustrators.

Perfomance Content (subject to change):
Session 1: What is Rakugo? / Miso Beans / Praising a Child / Tamasudare Show / Tenshiki / Otanoshimi
Session 2: What is Rakugo? / Gombei and a Raccoon Dog / Chiritotechin / Tamasudare Show / Pot Math / Otanoshimi

On Saturday 31 August, a special workshop with master storyteller, Kanariya Eiraku and members of the Canary English Rakugo Company will give you the chance to learn rakugo storytelling skills. Learn how to conjure up a complete world and cast of characters with just a few simple props, and practice your technique in telling simple stories and jokes.

Kanariya Eiraku has been performing rakugo for over 30 years. He started teaching English rakugo classes in Tokyo in 2007. Since then he has performed rakugo in English both in Japan and abroad, including the US, Denmark and Laos. He also introduces Japanese songs in English using the ukulele. He teaches English performance at universities in Japan.

In association with Canary English Rakugo Company and Japan House London.



30 August - 6:30 pm
31 August - 4:30 pm
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