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YOYOGI KACHOKAI BETSUKAI, Rakugo & Bamboo lanterns Noh “Shakkyo”

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


Two forms of traditional culture, Noh and Rakugo, can be enjoyed at once in this one-day-only event. For night lighting, the bamboo that grows wild around the temple is cut and made into lanterns, which are placed around the stage and garden to create subtle, mysterious environment. A Noh actor will give a mini-lecture prior to the Noh performance, explaining specific highlights of the play.
People who tend to think of Noh as difficult to approach or who have never seen Noh before will have an opportunity to watch an accessible and entertaining Noh performance in an informal setting.

Rakugo performance by Shunputei Ichinosuke, round-table discussion, mini-lecture, Noh “Shakkyo”
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.  Asami 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. Asami assists with Yoyogi Kachokai, which is directed by his father, and regularly holds hands-on lectures and performances at Yoyogi Nohbutai.


Rika Asami
Yoyogi Kachokai
4-36-14 yoyogi ,sibuya-ku ,Tokyo 151-0053


Myojyuji, Hondo (Setagaya City, Tokyo)