Rakugo (literally “fallen words”) is a form of Japanese verbal entertainment. The lone storyteller (rakugoka) sits on stage, called Kōza. Using only a paper fan (sensu) and a small cloth (tenugui) as props, and without standing up from the seiza sitting position, the rakugo artist depicts a long and complicated comical story. The story always involves the dialogue of two or more characters, the difference between the characters depicted only through change in pitch, tone, and a slight turn of the head.

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