Advisor for the Kamigatarakugo Association
Kobunshi Katsura IV
Kobunshi Katsura IV was born in Osaka City on January 5, 1951. He entered the professional line of Kobunishi Katsura in July 1969.
He is a member of the Kamigatarakugo Association. He is the chairman of the Kamigatarakugo wo Kiku-kai .
In March 2019, he assumed the stage name of “Kobunshi Katsura IV,” becoming the successor to the “Kobunshi Katsura” stage name within the Katsura-style of rakugo comedic storytelling.
Kamigata rakugo storytelling is full of travel stories: trips to the east, trips to the west, trips into the sky, trips into the sea and trips to Ise. However, there have been no stories about trips to Kumano; so, when my predecessor, the fifth Bunshi Katsura, was asked by the chief priest of Kumano Hayatama Taisha Grand Shrine, he came up with and performed his own story of a pilgrimage to Kumano.
Now I have the opportunity to perform this rakugo story myself. I hope that I am able to carefully nurture and grow it further.