Huis ten Bosch, Nagasaki

The rest of the Samurai warriors in Ako-Roshi

The book I’ve read said, Rakugo storytelling is the acceptance for the common people, said by Danshi Tatekawa, a famous Rakugo storyteller.

For example, there’s a famous traditional revenge story called "47 Samurai warriors of Ako-roshi". The story is about 47 warriors who decided to revenge for their Lord’s death bravely, and they are described as heros in Kabuki, and movies and like these kinds of performance, The story is focused on these heros. But as a real story, The Lord had a over hundreds warriors, and most of them would not revenge and remained in doing nothing because of their family safety, or escaping from them. In Rakugo Storytelling, stories focus on these kinds of people, not on heroes.

When I read about that topic, I felt the similarity between Woody Allen's movies and Rakugo Storytelling. We'd like to live like a heroes and it would be great for us to try to live like that. But at the same time, on the contrary, the acceptance of these realities, struggling for daily life and relationship, are also needed and critical. Because these acceptance seems to be connected to the self acceptance, the key of the human relationship.

So I now begin to think the relation between this self acceptance and heroes journey. But I have no idea just now.

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