Experience Traditional Japanese Culture at the Myoujin Show – Rakuza 2023 (明神笑楽座)


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Experience traditional Japanese culture like never before at the Myoujin Show-Rakuza, currently being showcased at the Kanda Myoujin Edo Culture Complex. This variety-style show has been created with the help of the Agency for Cultural Affairs as part of the “Japan Expo 2.0” and aims to introduce Yose entertainment to new audiences.

For those unfamiliar with Yose (寄席), it is a type of spoken vaudeville theater which originated in the 18th century and rose to popularity during the Edo period. Acts which were showcased at these types of shows included Tejina (Magic Arts), Utsushi-e (Shadow Theater) and Rakugo (comedy).

With there being a total of 20 performances of this wonderful cultural show and with it only just having started on the 5th July, there is no better time to get your hands on some tickets. There are four shows each month up until September, with there being an extra one in August meaning there is a great selection of dates to choose from. 

For those who are worried about language barriers, there’s no need to worry! There will be English subtitles provided on the screen for each performance so you can just sit back and fully immerse yourself in this unique experience.

What You Can Look Forward To!

Enjoy three different talents and performances at the Myoujin Show-Rakuza. First you will be entertained by a traditional style comedy show which will get the whole crowd laughing.

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You will then be mesmerized by a Daikagura dance and juggling show, a type of acrobatic and performing arts act. Finally, the showcase will end with a female lead traditional magic show which will leave you feeling speechless at its beauty and mysticism.

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This is the perfect event for those interested in traditional arts and seeing Japanese culture come to life. A great group activity for those visiting Tokyo for the first time and want to see something unique and a little different!

Important Information

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As previously mentioned, the event will be held at the Kanda Myoujin Edo Culture Complex which is located a 16 minute walk from Kanda Station and next to Kanda Shrine. If you are coming from Shinjuku, you just need to simply hop on the Chuo Line from Shinjuku station to Kanda station. This trip is around 12 minutes and costs ¥180.

Remember that doors open at 13:30 pm and the show starts at 14:00 pm, with the performance lasting a maximum of an hour and half. The dates of each show are as follows:

  • July – 5th, 13th, 20th, 27th 
  • August – 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 30th 
  • September – 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th

Please note that these dates and times are subject to change. Make sure to check the website for the most up-to-date information.

The price for each ticket is ¥5,500 and they can be purchased via the website. You can use a variety of payment methods including credit and debit card. 

For those who are staying in one of our apartments, try using our discount SUMIFUKU at checkout.  


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