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Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

Event date: 
Saturday, 7 November, 2020 - 12:00 to 13:30


TATEKAWA Shinoharu 立川志の春 is a Rakugo (Japanese traditional comic storytelling) performer born in Osaka, Japan. He spent a total of 7 years in the U.S during his childhood and college years. After graduating from Yale University, he worked in Mitsui & Co. Ltd for three years. In 2002, he was so greatly impressed and inspired when he went to Shinosuke Tatekawa's Rakugo performance, that he decided to give up his corporate career to become a professional Rakugo performer himself by taking up a discipleship with Shinosuke.

After training in the art of Rakugo for seventeen years, he was promoted to "Shin-uchi" (a master rank Rakugo performer). He performs traditional stories and original stories, both in Japanese and English. Presently, he travels around Japan and the world to bring Rakugo to audiences around the world. Aside from his performances, he has published three books, including an English Rakugo CD book.

Shinoharu’s YouTube Channel:

Rakugo English summary + vocab list

A burglar enters a small flat in a nagaya thinking it is empty. He finds the flat's tenant to be present but the tenant is so poor there is nothing to steal and eventually the burglar takes pity on the tenant.

泥棒 burglar
起きる get up
黙る be quiet/ shut up
長屋 Edo-period longhouse
金を貯める save up money
金を出す hand over money
殺す to kill
命 life
大工 carpenter
道具箱 carpenter's tool box
質 pawn shop
利息 interest (on a loan, deposit, etc.)
店賃 rent