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Rakugo & Bamboo lanterns Noh “Hagoromo”

  • Organization : Yoyogi Kachokai
  • Section : None
  • Type of Grant Program : Single


In this one-day-only event, visitors were able to enjoy Noh, the characteristic traditional performing art of the Muromachi period, and classical rakugo, a typical form of popular entertainment in the Edo period. This performance leveraged the power of the temple setting, where people have gathered since ancient times, which has a profound connection with Noh, and which has given rise to numerous forms of culture. Bamboo lanterns made from bamboo cut every year from the bamboo grove in the temple grounds were lit and placed not only in the main hall where the performances took place, but throughout the entire temple building including the gardens and corridors, creating an ethereal atmosphere. For this day only, the temple was kind enough to open its reception hall, a Cultural Asset of Setagaya-ku, where guests were treated to tea and Japanese sake. Visitors truly got to experience Japanese culture to the full, indulging all five senses.

Solo performance by Ichinosuke, round-table discussion, mini-lecture, Noh “Hagoromo”
Principal performers
Rakugo: Shunputei Ichinosuke
Noh: Jiichi Asami
Staff: Noriko Kawahashi, Rika Asami


Yoyogi Kachokai
Rakugo: Shunputei Ichinosuke
Just 11 years after starting his training, in an extraordinary occurrence, Shunputei Ichinosuke was selected over 21 other rakugo artists for promotion to the position of top performer, Shin-uchi. Rakugo fans are captivated by his unique storytelling style.

Noh: Jiichi Asami
Jiichi Asami is a shite-kata (principal role) Noh actor of the Kanze School. He is recognized as a holder of Important Intangible Cultural Properties. Jiichi studied with his father, Masataka Asami, and the late Tetsunojo Kanze VIII. He made his stage debut at the age of three in the shimai (Noh dance) “Oimatsu” (The Old Pine Tree). He is actively involved in overseas performances, new and revived Noh works, films and more. Jiichi assists with Yoyogi Kachokai, which is directed by his father, and regularly holds hands-on lectures and performances at Yoyogi Nohbutai. 【Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture)】


Rika Asami
Yoyogi Kachokai


Myojyuji, Hondo (Setagaya City, Tokyo)