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Handai-Asahi Nakanoshima Juku: "The Corners of Japanese History as seen from Kamigata Rakugo"

2016-7-30 (Sat) 15:00 - 16:30

The Handai-Asahi Nakanoshima Juku offers courses produced and sponsored by Osaka University and the Asahi Culture Center. The Handai-Asahi Nakanoshima Juku was established at the time [Osaka University's] Nakanoshima Center was built in 2004.

These courses share results of research conducted at Osaka University with the general public in an easy-to-understand format. In these lectures, leading lecturers give presentations on topics in culture, art, history, science, technology, health care, as well as seasonal and current topics.

The Corners of Japanese History as seen from Kamigata Rakugo

TAKASHIMA Kohji
(Visiting Professor, Osaka University)

Life and customs in the late Edo and early Meiji periods are described in classic rakugo. Of course, there is a bit of deformation and fiction mixed in to make the stories more interesting, but if you carefully interpret those details, what you may find the reality of daily life in the past lies there. For example, in letters of prostitutes read in rakugo, things like the culture of red-light districts at the time, the rules of letters, and knowledge of sorobun (an old form of Japanese writing) emerge. Those are the corners of Japanese history that you would never find in a textbook. But the truth lies in these corners. Let's talk about a side of rakugo even more amusing than the rakugo itself.

Attendance Fee: 1,620 yen

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Date: 2016-7-30 (Sat) 15:00 - 16:30
Organizer: Kaitokudo for the 21st Century, Osaka University; Asahi Culture Center
Venue: Osaka University Nakanoshima Center
Registration: Registration is required for this seminar. (Web)
URL: http://21c-kaitokudo.osaka-u.ac.jp/handai-asahi
Contact: Kaitokudo for the 21st Century, Osaka University
info@21c-kaitokudo.osaka-u.ac.jp

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