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Nakanoshima University Variety Theater - "Language in the World of Rakugo: The Function of Role Language"

2016-12-14 (Wed) 19:00 - 21:00

Kamigata Rakugo tends to be thought of as simple fiction, which is why it gives a strong impression that it is something to laugh at and enjoy. While there certainly is a certain amount of distortion and fiction mixed into rakugo to make it interesting, if you carefully interpret those details, you may be able to get a peek of the daily lives of the townsfolk, the spiritual world, and historical facts. At Nakanoshima University Variety Theater, Osaka University professors will shine the spotlight on the surprising depth of rakugo. We'll introduce this way of enjoying rakugo at our University Variety Theater.

It's mere theater, but it's also a university. Join us for 120 minutes of surprising learning and laughs.

"Language in the World of Rakugo: The Function of Role Language"

Rakugo performers:

HAYASHIYA Hanamaru, KATSURA Sanshiro


KINSUI Satoshi (Professor, Graduate School of Letters, Osaka University), TAKASHIMA Koji (Osaka Tenmangu Shrine Culture Research Institute)

Rakugo is a spoken art in which one can imagine not only the gender and age of the characters, but also their profession, level of education, and their demeanor simply by the way that they speak.

Professor KINSUI Satoshi at Osaka University has defined this language characteristic of specific characters as "role language," and is currently doing research on the topic. In recent years, he has also included research of language patterns that invoke images of foreign speakers, such as language characteristic of Chinese people speaking Japanese.

The goal of this seminar is to have fun learning role language while listening to rakugo. Making an appearance are HAYASHIYA Hanamaru and KATSURA Sanshiro. Mr. Hanamaru will be performing "Naimongai (Impossible Shoppers)," an adaptation of a piece by the same name, and his adaptation style has been a huge hit since its first performance. KATSURA Sanshiro's "MOMO" is also an arrangement of an old story, the classic rakugo piece "Momotaro." Role language plays a huge part in the punchlines that appear in these classic stories. After two stories full of laughter, Professor KINSUI will explain the relationship between rakugo and role language, with Professor TAKASHIMA Koji leading the discussion. You might be able to hear some backstage stories from the performers themselves!?

Date and Time:

Wednesday, December 14, 2016 - 19:00 ~ 21:00 (Doors open at 18:30)


SAJI Keizo Memorial Hall, Osaka University Nakanoshima Center

Attendance Fee:

2,500 yen


180 individuals (Applications taken on a first-come, first-served basis)

How to Apply:

Applications will be accepted on the web at the Nakanshima University Office

Application Process:

Apply on the web -> receive postcard -> pay on the day of the seminar

Date: 2016-12-14 (Wed) 19:00 - 21:00
Organizer: Nakanoshima University Office
Sponsored: Kaitokudo for the 21st Century, Osaka University
Venue: SAJI Keizo Memorial Hall, Osaka University Nakanoshima Center
Registration: Registration is required for this seminar. (Web)
Contact: Nakanoshima University Office

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