LDP lawmakers launch <I>rakugo</I> storytelling caucus

National / Politics Nov 20, 2018

LDP lawmakers launch rakugo storytelling caucus

Some members of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, including Lower House member Shinjiro Koizumi, one of the most popular politicians in Japan, launched a caucus on Tuesday to enjoy and learn from rakugo sit-down comic storytelling shows. The caucus comprising rakugo fan LDP members is ...

Renowned <I>rakugo</I> storyteller Katsura Utamaru dies at 81

National Jul 3, 2018

Renowned rakugo storyteller Katsura Utamaru dies at 81

Rakugo comic storyteller Katsura Utamaru, known for his superb skill in telling classic humorous stories, died Monday of a lung illness, an association of rakugo storytellers said. He was 81. Utamaru, whose real name was Iwao Shiina, was also popular outside of rakugo, and was ...

'Rakugo' storyteller Shinosuke, novelist Kirino among medal awardees

National Nov 2, 2015

'Rakugo' storyteller Shinosuke, novelist Kirino among medal awardees

Rakugo comic storyteller Tatekawa Shinosuke and novelist Natsuo Kirino are among 755 people and 15 groups receiving this fall's medals of honor for distinguished performances and contributions to society, the government said Monday. Along with Shinosuke and Kirino, Kyoto University professor Mitsuo Sawamoto, 63, and ...