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Updated: April 2, 2018
Fitting in with Asakusa's old school charm, Asakusa Engei Hall focuses on traditional rakugo performance, the classic Japanese art of storytelling. In rakugo, a lone performer sits on stage and recites a comedic story. The humor is found in the stylistic intonation and wordplay. Take the story Jugemu, for example, which relies on one character's absurdly long name for its comedic punch.
While the stories themselves may not resonate if you're not a proficient speaker of Japanese, the theater also books magic shows, acrobatic performances, and music concerts, along with more modern Japanese stand-up known as manzai.
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