Kôjô and Shûmei-kai 口上と襲名会

The main event today was the Tuesday edition of a week-long shûmei (succession of name) ceremony for Shôfukutei Kotsuru, who began his professional rakugo career in 1975 with Shôfukutei Shikaku V. Kotsuru was given his own master’s name, which is quite an honor. Contratulations. Somemaru was the show’s first-half closer, and intermission was followed by a kôjô (formal address) by several top Kamigata rakugo masters (including Somemaru), who offered words of congratulations mixed with comical anecdotes. It was a fun program, which I was glad to witness from backstage.



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