We are hosting an online yose theatre event through Zoom starting at 8 pm (JST) on May 23 (Saturday).
Rakugo is a traditional comedic storytelling performance. The performer sits on a 2’x2’ cushion on stage and tells a story which may involve several characters. He may kneel but never stands up. His only props are a sensu (Japanese fan) and a tenugui (Japanese towel). “Jugemu” and “Okiku’s plates” are both very popular classical rakugo stories that are easy to comprehend. Ryutei Saryu makes regular appearances in yose theatres in Tokyo. He specializes in classical stories. Ryutei Sanbou is Master Saryu’s first disciple.
Kamikiri is a paper cutting performance where the audience shouts out requests (e.g., a scene from Kabuki) and cuts an image out of a blank piece of paper. The act lasts a few minutes, then the performer asks for another request. The performer, Hayashiya Niraku, is one of the few professional performers in Japan. Hayashiya Hachiraku is Master Niraku’s first disciple.
Relax and enjoy traditional Japanese performances online.
Kazumi Hatasa (Purdue University)
Kazuhiro Yonemoto (Tokyo Medical and Dental University)
Noriko Hamada (Akita University)