In this story, a nice old fisherman is visited by a beautiful ghost, but the dateless wonder next door has other ideas…
And then…! If you watch the video, you can enjoy Ootomo-san switching between characters in typical rakugo style.
This art is centuries old, but the stories are as funny today as they were in samurai times. Nothing like it really exists outside of Japan, and it’s rarely performed in English, so hey, take advantage! Here’s the video – watch it live!
Performed in English by Hiroyuki Ootomo (19:15)
If you liked Fishing For Women, (or want to try a shorter one first, to see if you like it) check out Ootomo-san’s other rakugo performances in English!
Ghost Woman Returns (5:36)
The Unobservant Husband (13:20)
Too Much Religious Devotion (5:31)
The Water Vendor’s Fortune (7:11)
The next time you’re in Japan, if you’d like to watch Ootomo-san perform live, you can contact him at email@example.com. Ootomo-san speaks and reads English, and is happy to arrange a performance at a particular time and place.
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Writing mystery books set in Tokyo is mostly what I do, but I also blog about the odd stuff I see every day in Japan. I'm a graduate of Stanford University and the Sendagaya Japanese Institute in Tokyo, and a member of the International Thriller Writers, the Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters In Crime. When I'm not in Tokyo, I live in San Francisco. I also host a travel site called The Tokyo Guide I Wish I'd Had, so if you're headed to Japan and want to check out the places I take my friends when they're in town, take a look!