In this world, more and more women are playing an active role, and more and more women are playing an active part in the world of rakugo.
“What about women in the real world of rakugo?”
How is the success of the female rakugo performer Momoka (Shunputei Pikkari☆), who has recently made it to the final round of AKB48?
I will answer these questions.
Rakugo storyteller Momoka [Momohana] is a hit! Momoka (Pikkari) is from AKB ○○! ?
Choukaro Momoka is a rakugo storyteller who read Saba at the age of 7 in the AKB48 audition and made it to the final round!
— 蝶花楼桃花 (@s_pikkari) March 4, 2022
Momoka-san was a research student in a theater company before joining the company, and she also applied for the first audition of AKB48 by reading mackerel 7 years older than her actual age, and advanced to the final screening. In 2014, in the audition of “Otona AKB48” for those over 30 years old, he was a talented person who remained until the final screening!
In this article, we’ll be talking about rakugo performers Momoka (Shunputei Pikkari☆Aratame), Choukaro Momoka, and women in the rakugo world.
- Rakugo storyteller Momoka (Shunputei Pikkari ☆) profile
- What is rakugo storyteller Momoka’s promotion?？
- Where do you do rakugo?
Rakugo storyteller Momoka (Shunputei Pikkari ☆) profile
Real name: Yuka Takahashi. She was born on May 13, 1981 (age 40), from Tokyo.
After graduating from Jitsugakuen High School, she entered Shobi Music College to study musicals, which she loved since childhood.
After graduating, she aimed to become a stage actress, and she was enrolled as a research student at the theater club “Za” and was active as an actress.
November 2006 – She entered Shunputei Koasa with the aim of becoming a full-fledged rakugo performer.
During her time as a research student, she was introduced to classical performing arts and rakugo at lectures given by the rakugo storyteller Suzusha Maou, who came as a curriculum instructor.
June 2007 – Her undercard name “Poppo”.
In November 2011, she was promoted to Futatsume and changed her name to “Pikkari☆”. The origin of her second stage name “Pikkari ☆” is that November 1st, the day she was promoted to second stage, is Todai Memorial Day.
In March 2022, she was promoted to Shinuchi along with Sanyutei Ritsuka, Yanagiya Furyu, and Hayashiya Hanahei from the lower ranks, and she changed her name to “Choukaro Momoka Choukaro Momoka”. She will be reviving her name for the first time in three years.
2012 NHK Rookie Entertainment Awards (Rakugo category) final selection
2016 NHK Rookie Rakugo Awards final selection (“Yuyaban”)
Reiwa 2002 NHK Rookie Rakugo Awards final selection (“Gonsuke Lantern”)
What is rakugo storyteller Momoka’s promotion?？
It is said that only those who have the highest ability can become a true hit, and they are given the right to appear at the box office.
The rakugo world also has a class system.
There are four classes: apprentice, zenza, second, and shinuchi. This superlative rank is a true hit.
In this rakugo world, there is no “retirement age” unlike jobs in general society. Since you will not be demoted if you hit a big hit, the composition is an inverted pyramid. (It’s a world where there are more true hits.)
Rakugo storyteller Choukarou Momoka
【場所】東京芸術劇場 シアターウエスト (東京都)
三遊亭美るく 改メ 三遊亭律歌⁰春風亭ぴっかり☆ 改メ 蝶花楼桃花⁰鈴々舎八ゑ馬 改メ 柳家風柳⁰林家はな平
— 蝶花楼桃花 (@s_pikkari) May 7, 2022
There are no exams, and they are selected by the Rakugo Association and the masters of the schools they belong to.
The same is true for Choukaro Momoka-san, who was selected by the Rakugo Association with the cooperation of the Suzumoto Engeijo and was promoted to shinuchi.
Butterfly Flower Tower has a big name of “Butterfly Flower Barrack”, and the last master passed away about three years ago, and no one inherited this big name of Butterfly Flower Tower.
It seems that the name Choukarou was decided to keep this name alive and because it has a beautiful image even if it is inherited by a woman.
Choukarou Momoka was also named by my master Shunputei Koasa.
The meaning of my name is to stand on my own, so I changed my name from Teigo. Normally, the XX of Shunputei XX is often changed, but it seems that it is not easy to change the name of the restaurant.
— 蝶花楼桃花 (@s_pikkari) May 4, 2022
Where do you do rakugo?
— 柳家権之助 (@gonnosukedesu) May 5, 2022
Even if you think, “Let’s see rakugo live!”, I don’t know where to go in the first place. When I looked it up, it seems that performances are being held here and there in Tokyo.
・Asakusa Entertainment Hall
etc……. You can see it somewhere every day.
Entertainment halls are usually divided into daytime and nighttime performances. In the case of Suzumoto Entertainment Hall, the daytime performance is from 12:00 to 16:30, and the evening performance is from 17:30 to 20:40.
It’s been about 3-4 hours!
Is it interesting to suddenly go and watch rakugo?
“Rakugo is a story from the Edo period, right?
Ultimately, there is no need to worry about such things. Many rakugo performers who appear one after another start from current affairs.
Even if it is a current affairs issue, it is not such a trivial matter. The news handled by the wide show, such as celebrity divorces, corner world jokes, power harassment issues, etc.
— 蝶花楼桃花 (@s_pikkari) May 7, 2022
First female rakugo performer to appear in Momoka’s “Shoten”
— カクサン部長 (@kakusanbuchoo) September 4, 2022
On September 4, 2022, Choukaro Momoka, the first female rakugo storyteller in the history of the program, appeared on the long-running program “Shoten”.
Momoka appeared in a gorgeous pink kimono as a pinch hitter for Sanyutei Enraku, who is resting for treatment for stroke and other illnesses.
Since Enraku stopped appearing in “Shoten”, the audience rating has been declining.
This time, I’m only appearing as a guest respondent, but in the near future, there may be the first female regular in the history of “Shoten”.
The fun of women’s rakugo is at the entertainment hall!
At the stage where he climbed the stage for the first time as a new hit, he boldly challenged the new story “Ukira no Kuzuyori”, saying, “I consulted with my master.” He drew a lot of laughter and performed a variety of performances, such as folk songs, shinnaibushi, and ningyo-furi, which imitated the movements of ningyo joruri, with the shamisen in hand.
By all means, feel free to go to the entertainment hall and perform rakugo!
It will take time.
There is also the question of how female rakugo performers deal with their sex appeal as women.
Performing rakugo in a feminine atmosphere inevitably brings out a sense of sex appeal. Also, even if you act like a man, you will still have a “female sex appeal”. I have to decide how to get the audience to take it and what I’m going to do with it.
The number of female rakugo performers is increasing, but not enough to form a force yet.
If you continue to watch rakugo while paying attention to them from now on, you will witness the “formation of a new world.” It will take decades, but it is an exciting development.
I would be happy if you could refer to it even a little.
Thank you for reading to the end.