in 7 languages: Sanyutei Ryuraku First Visits Chicago
Sanyutei Ryuraku performed English rakugo on September 26 at Fifth Third
Bank Auditorium and Japanese rakugo on the following day at Schaumburg
Prairie Center for the Arts. Rakugo is traditional Japanese comedy in
which a performer plays several characters in a story by using different
tones of voice, facial expressions, and pantomimes to evoke the audience’s
imagination. Rakugo performers use only a paper fan and a hand towel as
tools to help their pantomimes. For example, a paper fan turns into chopsticks
or a shallow sake cup, and a towel turns into a letter or a cellular phone
on a different occasion.
• Ryuraku said that Italian language
was cheerful and Italian people laughed a lot; on the other hand, French
didn’t laugh often, and when they did it, the laughter was chic. Portuguese
language was busy while German sounded angry.
• Ryuraku’s second piece was a story of rotten tofu “chiritotechin”. A master in Edo era has been bored by a know-it-all-attitude man. One day, he finds a piece of rotten tofu and named it chiritotechin. He invites the man and asks if he knows about chiritotechin. The man says, “Of course I know it! It’s very delicious.” Finally, the man faces up to eat it. Ryuraku naturally performed the awful taste of chiritotechin.
• Between Ryuraku’s rakugo performances, Nyuyoku-ka Cent, Chairman of New York Rakugo Club, entertained the audience with his ukulele comedy. He sang a rakugo story with jazz beat. He originally came to New York as a jazz singer 34 years ago and founded the Club 20 years ago. He has invited rakugo performers from Japan and held shows in New York. This time, he arranged Ryuraku’s visit to the U.S.
• Sanyutei Ryuraku Interview
• Q: How did you start foreign language
• Q: Who does write a script in foreign
• Q: How was your English rakugo in Chicago?
• The full story is available in Chicago
Shimpo’s October 24th issue.
• The rakugo events were hosted by the Japan America Society of Chicago in collaboration with the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Chicago and Fifth Third Bank
Sanyutei Ryuraku relaxes at the lobby of Schaumburg Prairie Center for the Arts after he played rakugo performance.
A know-it-all-attitude man faces up to eat rotten tofu "chiritotechin", and Sanyutei Ryuraku performs the man's role in a rakugo story.