【Exhibition】 Tour of famous places in Edo through Rakugo

Borrowing a term used in the Edo period (1603-1868) when the art of rakugo comic storytelling was established, we are currently in a time of hayari yamai, or pandemic. Right now, we are in the midst of facing an infectious disease and living every day with a newly acquired lifestyle. However, while living this new normal , it's also not uncommon to hear people reveal their disappointment about not being able to travel far from home, even during this season of leisure. As if trying to mend our saddened, discontented hearts, many TV shows, books, and other forms of media have been releasing features that take another look at Japan through archival footage and photos.

That is why we created this exhibition, hoping to take viewers to visit the world of rakugo with famous rakugo characters Hattsuan and Kumasan.

In the exhibition, we feature the look of Edo (present-day Tokyo) and famous sightseeing places through rare nishiki-e drawings and documents from the National Theatre collection. We hope you will be able to rediscover the joy of rakugo and feel as if you have traveled, even if just a little bit.

Supervised by Masahito Takiguchi (Entertainment Art Researcher)

Dates August 1 (Sun) - November 23 (Tue), 2021
Hours 10:00-17:00
Closed August 23~31
September 21・22・24・29・30
October 22・24・27・28
November 22
Venue National Engei Hall・Exhibition room
Admission Free
Visitor restriction Up to 8 people
Supervised by Masahito Takiguchi (Entertainment Art Researcher)