Eiraku's 100 English Rakugo Scripts (Volume 1) (Paperback)
Rakugo is the traditional art of Japanese storytelling which dates back to the Edo period (1603-1867). It's wonderfully rich stories are imbued with scenarios from everyday life-capped off with a touch of humor. There are approximately 500 stories known to exist. Each can be grouped into one of several categories including: stories about children, stories about men and women, stories about simpletons, fantasy and surrealistic stories, ghost stories, and human-interest stories.
This book is the first volume, and it includes 35 classic rakugo stories selected from different categories. I hope to publish another 35 stories in the subsequent volume, and the remaining 30 in the concluding volume. It is my pleasure to introduce you to this unique facet of Japan's rich and wonderful culture.