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"Good Luck Charms of Edo" Virtual Opening Reception & Virtual New Year’s Party for Seniors

January 08, 2021

Date: Thursday, January 14, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Free of charge

Registration: Please click here

 (up to 500 people, First come, first served)


After introducing a small toy one by one in a talk to Yoshitaka Kimura, the 5th generation master of "Sukeroku", you will enjoy a Rakugo (traditional Japanese comic storytelling)by the second generation Master Kikuzo Hayashiya.

*The event will be held in Japanese, but The Nippon Club will be providing real-time subtitles in English through Wordly.


Yoshitaka Kimura 
Born in 1937 and raised in Tokyo’s Asakusa district, Yoshitaka Kimura is a graduate of Keio University Faculty of Economics. In 1979, after working several years for a company, he inherited “Sukeroku,” a family-owned shop specialized in toys of Edo, from his father and became its fifth owner. Combining his profound knowledge of customs and cultures of Edo with a witty speech style, Kimura is a great storyteller, and regularly receives lecture requests.
In 1979, after working several years for a company, he inherited “Sukeroku,” a family-owned shop specialized in toys of Edo, from his father and became its fifth owner. Combining his profound knowledge of customs and cultures of Edo with a witty speech style, Kimura is a great storyteller, and regularly receives lecture requests.

Kikuzo Hayashiya
Hirotoshi Toyoda was born in Tokyo in September, 1975. After graduating from Tamagawa University College of Arts, he became a disciple of the first Kikuzo Hayashiya, his father and a master rakugo-ka (a traditional Japanese comic storyteller). In September 2007, he became a shin-uchi, the headliner, and succeeded the name, Kikuzo Hayashiya, from his father who took on a new name, Kikuou. In recent years, he has expanded the scope of his activities beyond rakugo (traditional comic storytelling) by appearing on TV and giving lectures throughout Japan. He is also an author, penning several books including “Easy Going Parenting,” which he co-wrote with his father.