Due to the pandemic in 2020, nearly all live entertainment ground to a halt, including Rakugo, a traditional Japanese performing art. During the hiatus, Rakugo artists began to broadcast online, attracting subscribers and sponsors while performing for remote fans. As theaters gradually reopen, many artists attempt to reach a wider audience by balancing the real world and online performances. Explore the signs of a paradigm shift in the world of classical Japanese performing arts.
Kokontei Kikunojo, a veteran headliner also tries his hand at online broadcasting
Tatekawa Shinoharu attempts to cross national boundaries by broadcasting Rakugo in English
Shunputei Kiichi, a Futatsume (middle ranked performer), practices even while riding on the train