Rakugo: Performing Comedy and Cultural Heritage in Contemporary Tokyo


Lorie Brau

Book Details

Format: EPUB

Page count: 274 pages

File size: 4.8 MB

Protection: DRM

Language: English

Rakugo introduces the storytelling genre of Edo-style rakugo as performed around the turn of the twenty-first century, focusing on the performers’ image, training, and techniques and the art’s contexts and audiences. Brau argues that, while storytellers’ goal of making a hit with audiences sustains the art’s vitality, rakugo has come to represent something more than simply popular entertainment: it is also regarded as the cultural heritage to which some Japanese may turn in a nostalgic search for identity.