The city of Edo, where the government is located, where Tokyo is located, is a densely populated city, and Laku Gore emerged as a form of public entertainment for the common people to enjoy.
When rakuguka first appeared, it was performed by various people, but in later times it is mainly performed by rakugoka, also known as “Rakugoka” or “Hanashika”, who work in this pure art as a living.
Laku Gore, a traditional art that has been handed down for more than 400 years, still preserves the form and contents of the performance since its inception.
There is a chair called “Zabuton” in the middle of the stage. In some presentations, there is a table and a kneeling flat in front of the zabu toyong. The background is a normal stage backdrop or a piece of folding curtain called “Byoobu”, but it doesn’t change according to the plot.
The dress of the presenter is also a traditional kimono. There is no change of clothes according to the story.
It is said that folded mountain and sweat towels are used as props. These are the everyday items that the medical professionals carry with them.
On the stage where the tables and knee pads are placed, small pieces of wood are also used to make sound.
As a musical accompaniment, when the performance is about to start, before the performer comes on stage, an introductory song called “Debayashi” is played, and the final song is played at the end of the performance.
Some of the stories have some kind of traditional music for each scene, but the whole story is not filled with background music.
Although Laku Gore can be said to be similar to Burma’s puppetry, the biggest difference is that Laku Gore usually presents stories called “Hanashi” which are made up of everyday life stories of ordinary civilians.
About 300 Hanashi stories in Aku Gore. There’s more if you look carefully.”
Laku Gore’s so-called Hanashi (Hanashi) is basically a form of performing stories called “Makura”. “Hondai” “Sage” is said to consist of 3 parts.