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[Rescheduled from Jun 19, 2020] SOYU RAKU-RAKU NIGHT LIVE Vol.53 —The Collaboration of Music and Rakugo—

Popular series of music and Japanese comedic story-telling collaboration at the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan.

This is a rescheduled event that originally had been scheduled for June 19, 2020. The performance has been postponed to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Please retain your tickets safely.

Also, the seating of this performance has been changed from general seating to reserved seating.
* Those who have already purchased the tickets have a priority to reserve the seats until August 9.

* Upon attending the performance, please visit this link to go through our precautionary measures to help prevent the COVID-19 spread and notice to visitors.

If you are not able to attend the performance, a refund is available. Please go through the below steps for ticket refunds.
Please note that the performance might be canceled or re-postponed depending on decisions and orders by the Japanese and Tokyo Metropolitan Government and other governmental authorities.

Date Thu, Nov 5, 2020 19:00-20:30 (Open 18:30)

Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Recital Hall

Genre TBK productions Concert

Flyer (PDF)

Movie contentsYouTube

Notice to our patrons who are attending this performance

Please follow the below measures to help prevent the COVID-19 spread. Your understanding and cooperation are much appreciated.


⁃ We ask you not to come to the venue if you seem to have symptoms such as a fever, cough, sneezing, sore throat, or simply not feeling well.

⁃ Wear a face mask to cover your nose and mouth. Please show consideration for fellow audience members.

⁃ Strictly follow the precautions against infectious diseases such as the cough etiquette and washing and disinfecting your hands frequently.

⁃ Our staff members conduct temperature screening with thermal imaging cameras for all those who are entering the venue. If you have a fever of 37.5°C/99.5°F or higher, you are not allowed to enter the venue.

⁃ No beverage is sold in the Recital Hall area.

⁃ Show your ticket to the usher. Then tear off the stub by yourself and put it in the box.

⁃ We do not hand out program leaflets and such printed materials. Please pick them up by yourself from specific areas.

⁃ The cloakroom is closed except for large luggage.

⁃ We do not accept flowers and gifts for the artists. Nor can you give them directly to the artists.

⁃ Allow enough time to get into the venue.


SOYU RAKU-RAKU NIGHT LIVE Vol.53 —The Collaboration of Music and Rakugo—scheduled on Friday, June 19, 2020 has been rescheduled for Thursday, November 5, 2020 to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 infections.


[Reschedule of the performance]

Performance and Original Schedule

SOYU RAKU-RAKU NIGHT LIVE Vol.53 —The Collaboration of Music and Rakugo—

Friday, June 19, 2020 19:00 at Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Recital Hall

Rescheduled Date

Thursday, November 5, 2020 19:00 at Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Recital Hall

* Your purchased tickets need to be exchanged with the reserved seat tickets on the recital day. Please retain your tickets safely.

* Please note that your tickets cannot be changed to other performances.


Rakugo (Traditional Japanese comedic storytelling): SANYUTEI Yuki

Ongyoku (Traditional shamisen and songs): KATSURA Kosumi

Music: Tatsuya Session

Double bass, electric bass: IKEDA Tatsuya


Violin: TAKASHIMA Eisuke


First Part: Mini Concert

Joseph KOSMA: Autumn Leaves

IKEDA Tatsuya: Kaze to Umi to Midori no Jikan (Time of Wind, Sea, and Greenery)

IKEDA Tatsuya: Sumida no Omagatoki (Dusk in Sumida)

John LENNON & Paul McCARTNEY: Drive My Car

IKEDA Tatsuya: Ame no Shirahama (Rainy Shirahama)



Second Part: The Collaboration of Music, Ongyoku and Rakugo “Hantaiguruma (Rickshaw )” (Japanese comedic storytelling with illustrations and English subtitles)


◆“Hantaiguruma (Rickshaw)”◆

“Hantaiguruma” is a slapstick comedy (in a kneeling style) featuring a man trying to head to Tokyo by jinrikisha (Japanese rickshaw). Trouble comes one after another to the man; he rushes into a rickshaw with an almost dying puller who is so slow that never gets to the place. Then he gets another ride with an upright puller who can only think and go straight forward, and the man on the rickshaw has to jump over the obstacles on the road.

PhotoSANYUTEI Yuki, Rakugo
PhotoKATSURA Kosumi, Ongyoku
PhotoIKEDA Tatsuya, Double bass and electric bass
PhotoSAKAKIBARA Dai, Piano
PhotoTAKASHIMA Eisuke, Violin


Prices (tax included)

[Tickets Availability (as of Oct 16, 2020)]

Tickets are additionally on sale as # marked seat tickets in response to the relaxed capacity limit.


Reserved Seats 1,100yen

* Please note that we may ask you to move from your reserved seat to another upon entering the venue.

Reserved Seats (#) 1,100yen

* In case the capacity restriction is tightened again, please note that your purchased tickets for # marked seats have to be refunded, and you will not be able to attend the performance.


* The tickets initially sold as general admission have been changed to reserved seats.


[Additional ticket sale in response to the relaxed capacity limit]

The tickets for seats which have been kept unoccupied will go on sale from Sat, Oct 3 as # marked seat tickets. (only available at the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Box Office)

[Day tickets]

Tickets go on sale at 18:00.

Seating Chart

Seating Chart (PDF)

On Sale Date

Fri, Mar 6, 2020

BOX Office

Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Box Office

The end date and time of the ticket sales

By telephone: Nov 5 (Thu) 17:00

In person: Nov 5 (Thu) 17:00

Online: Nov 5 (Thu) 17:00

The tickets are available until 20:00 on Nov 5 on online service in Japanese language.

Ticket Refunds Procedure

[If you are not able to attend the performance, a refund is available.]

The ticket refund procedure varies depending on where you purchased the tickets. Please follow the below steps that apply to your case during the designated period.


I. Those who purchased at the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Box Office (by telephone, in person, online)

Period for accepting refund requests:

Until Thursday, December 31, 2020

(The request submission must be postmarked by the deadline.)


How to request a refund (By post only)

Please send your tickets and a sheet of paper filled out with the following information to the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Box Office.

* Used tickets are not refundable. Refunds will only be provided for tickets with a stub attached.

* If you have not collected the tickets at a 7-Eleven store yet, please make sure to collect them by the ticket-issuing due date. The tickets are also required for those who request a refund. You cannot get the ticket issued after the due date.


Required information:

Your name (Japanese phonetics included)

Your telephone number

The total number of your purchased tickets

Your bank account information (Please leave a note if you do not have your bank account in Japan.): bank name, branch name, account holder (Japanese phonetics included), account type (checking or savings), account number


Postal Address:

Attn: Ticket Refund Team

Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Box Office

5-45, Ueno Koen, Taito-ku, Tokyo, 110-8716

* Please note that your tickets will not be reimbursed in case the mail is not delivered to the Box Office by misdelivery and so on.


Costs you get refunded

1. Ticket Cost

2. Service fees

* All expenses presented by the box office on purchasing tickets.

* If you have purchased with tickets for other events, only the system charge and the ticket issuing fee will be refunded.

3. Postage fee for sending back tickets (Up to 244yen)

* Please note that your tickets will not be reimbursed in case the mail is not delivered to the Box Office by misdelivery and so on.


Refund Period

You will receive a refund in your designated bank account in about two months after the box office receives your tickets.


II. Those who purchased at the ticket retailer Confetti

The refund request is accepted at Confetti. The period for accepting the request will be posted once it is decided. For the refund procedure, please refer to the official website of Confetti.

Other Information

*The program is subject to change under certain circumstances.
*Pre-school children are not allowed to attend this performance.


Tokyo Bunka Kaikan operated by Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture/ Rakugo Geijutsu Kyokai