Here lie the funniest Japanese stories ever told. Or so they say, because when it was decided in 1941 that tales of wayward sons in the red light district, mistress mishaps and too much saké were inappropriately funny for wartime, the famous rakugo performers who buried them under this slab vowed the stories would never be performed again. Fifty-three of the most popular rakugo tales of all time – including “Mummy Hunting” and “A Crow In The Morning” – are entombed at this modest shrine near Tawaramachi Station.
If you want to visit the tomb of the untold stories at the rakugo shrine the next time you’re in Tokyo, photos & info about Kappabashi Street are on my website, The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had.
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