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Let's go to Yokohama Nigiwai-za!

Yokohama Nigiwai-za 
(Please note that this page was created using Google's automatic translation service and understand that because of this, its translation may not necessarily be accurate.)

I've always been interested in "Yokohama Nigiwai-za".
I want to go, but I wonder if the threshold is high if I don't understand the world of rakugo at all?
While thinking about it, time goes by ... And finally I went to meet him!

That day is the 5th day of "Yokohama Nigiwai-za Famous Association (* 1)". We went to the opening at 1:30 pm and the performance at 2:00 pm. Around 1:30, customers of various ages gather. What everyone has in common is a gentle smile that can't be said to be smiling! Member A, I was impressed. "I'm in a good mood" is wonderful. It's true that "fortune comes to the laughing gate"!

By the way, this time, the momentum of being guided by member B, who likes rakugo and colored objects (manzai, magic, acrobatics, folk songs, paper-cutting, etc.) as much as three meals. I came here to "Yokohama Nigiwai-za"!
The start time is approaching, and the sound of the drum that announces the opening echoes. The dashing sound of Dondokodon Doko is filled with the wish and auspiciousness that "more and more customers will come in." While listening to Mr. Munekata, the deputy director, he showed us around the dressing room and stage sleeves.

Now, it's time to start the performance while doing so! I sat down on the laloge where the cushions are placed! Exciting ~ And it's very close to Takaza (the stage)! Two and a half hours with a break I was completely immersed in the world of seven performers. Even though it was my first experience, I was completely addicted to Japanese traditional performing arts.

Yokohama Nigiwai-za Famous Association (* 1)
Starts at 2:00 pm on the 1st to 7th of every month / Mainly rakugo, a yose-style performance with "colored objects" such as comics, magic, acrobatics, folk songs, and Kamikiri in between.

Yokohama Nigiwai-za (Yokohama Arts Foundation)
3-110-1, Noge-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama

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The booming sound of the drum that announces the opening! Auspicious sound !! It was exciting to see this up close !! The drum is hit by Sanyutei Shiawase in the undercard !!

The character "Iri" made with a drumstick! Be sure to make this character at the end of hitting the drum. It makes me happy to carry a lucky charm!

Is it a stage sleeve?I took a look at Takaza (stage). You sit on that cushion and laugh and sometimes tears in a limited amount of time. By the way, those who have cushion seams are not aimed at customers. The idea of "do not break" is also a lucky charm.

Each seat has such a small table. Feel free to relax while eating lunch and sweets and drinking a little.

Seen from the side, it looks like this.

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The place where the cushion is placed is the pier seat.

Take a commemorative photo with the life-sized director, Master Katsura Utamaru. Mr. Munekata, the kind deputy director, guided us in various ways !!

"Rakugo has a lot of laughter, tears, and a microcosm of modern times.
It's especially recommended for sales and waitress workers, as you can study just by looking at Rakugoka's actions and speaking styles! ”From Rakugo-loving member B

  • Yokohama Nigiwai-za
  • Yokohama Nigiwai-za
  • Yokohama Nigiwai-za

Yokohama Nigiwai-za was born as a museum specializing in popular performing arts such as rakugo, comic storytelling, and street performance. The town of Yokohama was once lined with yose and theaters, and was brilliant every day. Yokohama Nigiwai-za has been walking as a place where you can enjoy performing arts and create new performing arts.

  • Address
    3-110-1 Noge-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa
  • TEL
  • Business Hour
    10: 00-21: 00 * The shop (Noge Chaya) is only available during the entertainment hall performances.