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Rakugo - Traditional Japanese Comedy

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Rakugo - Traditional Japanese Comedy

Postby Debesso » June 5th, 2006 8:01 pm

Has anyone seen rakugo before?

Recently 3 famous rakugo comedians came to my uni but unfortunatly I missed out on it cuz i was busy...

I was wondering, what is it that makes it unique...? (aside from the obvious traditional dress and sitting position).

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Postby Debesso » June 5th, 2006 8:12 pm

well I found this since my last post... good ol wiki...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rakugo

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Postby Satsujin » June 7th, 2006 12:59 am

I haven't seen much rakugo by TV Japan. But I do regularily watch a show called "shouten" which is very famous in Japan and has been on the air for a long time. Although most of the regular performers on shouten also do rakugo the show isn't really "rakugo" by itself. I usually only understand about 1/4 of the jokes but I am getting better. The show is actually really funny.

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Postby lulu_chan » October 10th, 2006 6:15 am

deb, i just joined..and i don't even know if you are still here..or if you found out this information now...but, ifyou want to get an "interesting" introduction to the world of Raguko....i would suggest watching the jdorama "tiger & Dragon". It won a number of japanese "emmy" awards. Best actor, supporting actor, writing.

It is all about a yakuza that wants to be a raguko and the son of a famous raguko family, who wants to be a fashion designer. VEry witty and just well-written, well-crafted show. you can go to j-addicts.com and search for it, download it on bittorrent.

i have put up a direct download in my blog, you can check out the first ep here:
http://mrs-urahara.livejournal.com/50673.html#cutid1 (scroll down to the bottom and you'll see the links. It's divided into parts, for most file-share sites would not allow me to upload the ep. in one piece. ) it's DEFINITELY worth a watch. ^____^

and, if this babble, and too late....Hontoni Gomenesai!

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Postby ar1257 » October 22nd, 2007 4:32 am

If you're feeling academic, check out the book Understanding Humor in Japan by Jessica Milner Davis, which features a chapter on rakugo, as well as other forms of Japanese humor. (Full disclosure: I'm an intern for Wayne State University Press, the publisher of the book. But rest assured that I wouldn't recommend it if I didn't like it.)
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Postby vicdelmonte9426 » October 25th, 2010 4:44 am

lulu_chan wrote:deb, i just joined..and i don't even know if you are still here..or if you found out this information now...but, ifyou want to get an "interesting" introduction to the world of Raguko....i would suggest watching the jdorama "tiger & Dragon". It won a number of japanese "emmy" awards. Best actor, supporting actor, writing.

It is all about a yakuza that wants to be a raguko and the son of a famous raguko family, who wants to be a fashion designer. VEry witty and just well-written, well-crafted show. you can go to j-addicts.com and search for it, download it on bittorrent. Cheapest Vegas Shows

i have put up a direct download in my blog, you can check out the first ep here:
http://mrs-urahara.livejournal.com/50673.html#cutid1 (scroll down to the bottom and you'll see the links. It's divided into parts, for most file-share sites would not allow me to upload the ep. in one piece. ) it's DEFINITELY worth a watch. ^____^

and, if this babble, and too late....Hontoni Gomenesai!


Great show. Anyone else have any recommendations regarding Raguko?
Cheers,
Vic


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