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#20 "Disability is “tasteless and odorless”" Featuring Rakugo master in Diskresia Yanagiya Karoku

When Karoku was in elementary school, he was called “Silly Kobayashi,” because he could not read or write. By contrast, he had been performing Rakugo since the age of nine as the grandson of the special Rakugo master Yanagiya Kosan. Although he was recognized by the public as a Rakugo performer, he was ashamed to call himself a “fool. As he grew older, he found himself “suicidal. After turning 40 years old and still having conflicting feelings, he learned about his disability through an email he received from a television viewer of a program he appeared on. How did he feel when he learned of his disability? He talks with MC Hikaru Takahashi and navigator Manabe Kawori.

Guest: Yanagiya Karoku

  1. Karoku began performing Rakugo at the age of nine and became an apprentice of his grandfather, Yanagiya Kosan V, after graduating from junior high school. He was promoted to main performer at the age of 22, the youngest since World War II.
    He is popular for his speedy and crisp storytelling. While he maintains the tradition of classical Rakugo, he also tries his hand at "modern Rakugo," which he performs while wearing Western-style clothes and sitting in a chair.

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Navigator: Manabe Kawori

  1. Manabe was born on May 31, 1980 in Saijo, Ehime, Japan and graduated from Yokohama National University. She began her talent show career while still in college.
    She has been addicted to traveling alone abroad since the age of 30, visiting more than 20 countries and regions. Her book about her travel experiences also became a topic of discussion. She is also very versatile, having acquired cheese and wine certifications as a hobby, and currently teaches at the prestigious Académie du Vin, a wine school originating in Paris.


MC: Hikaru Takahashi

  1. In 2014, Takahashi won the Grand Prix for the 14th Japan Bishojo Content which led to her debut and immediate success through staring in various corporate commercials. Since then, she has appeared in numerous acclaimed works such as NHK Taiga Drama Onna Joushu Naotora (2017). Other than working as an actor, Takahashi has been active in a variety of fields including radio, television, and fashion.

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