“A day without laughter is a day wasted.” — Charlie Chaplin
In my zombie-state, I signed-up for a Rakugo performance without really knowing what it is. I only knew that it was something Japanese and admission is free via raffle draw. I guess I’ve never had much luck with lottery and random picks that I wasn’t really expecting much. Much to my surprise, I got two tickets.
With the busy schedule I was having at work, I didn’t have time to research what Rakugo is so I went there with with my youngest sister armed with very little knowledge on what was to come. I only knew that it was similar to storytelling and that the storyteller barely used props.
Rakugo is a 400-year-old tradition of comic storytelling in Japan. A minimalistic performance art, Rakugo features a lone storyteller dressed in kimono, kneeling on a cushion, who, using only a fan and a hand towel for props, entertains the audience with a comic monologue followed by a traditional story. — rakugo.co.uk
Much to my delight, it was a sit-down comedy show. To say that it was delightfully entertaining is an understatement. For lack of a better term, it was impressive.
I believe that humour depends so much on personality and experience. This is definitely my cup of tea. The Rakugo masters were all very hilarious. The jokes were very witty. It wasn’t excessive on props because the jokes depended heavily on facial expression and delivery. It was a complete package!
They even included other performances like Daikagura or traditional clowning.
The show lasted for two hours. We had a difficult time going home because the venue is a bit far from home but that didn’t bother us because it was a day well spent. I have unintentionally removed my work-induced zombie state.
If you ever get the chance to attend a Rakugo event, I hope you could try it out! Go there without expectations and I assure you that you will be blown away. Release them endorphins!
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