Kanda Hakuzan: Championing the Art of Kodan
Kodan is a traditional storytelling art that is enjoying a spectacular revival thanks to Kanda Hakuzan (36). Although he made his debut just 13 years ago, tickets to his performances sell out in no time. He manages to bring historic characters to life with his energetic performances that are grounded in solid technique and style. In February 2020, he assumed the highest rank possible in Kodan, the fastest rise in history. He joins us for a chat on Japanese culture as reflected in Kodan.
Kodan is a traditional storytelling art in which the performer narrates a historic story while seated at desk, with only a fan as a prop. A talented performer is able to stir the audience's imagination and bring the characters to life.
Hakuzan has managed to win the hearts of young fans. Tickets to his performances sell out in no time.
Illustrated books of Kodan stories. Edited by Hakuzan, it's part of his project to bring Kodan to the world.