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Set during the early Showa period, Yakumo (Masaki Okada) enters the world of rakugo (storytelling performance). He forms a friendship with talented storyteller Yurakutei (Ikusaburo Yamazaki).
Yakumo admires Yurakutei’s talent and struggles to achieve his level of performance. With the help of geisha Miyokichi (Aya Omasa), Yakumo grows up as a rakugo storyteller. Yurakutei and Miyokichi get married, but they die in a mysterious accident.
Yakumo takes Konatsu (Riko Narumi), who is the child of Yurakutei and Miyokichi, and raises her. Konatsu grows up blaming Yakumo as her parents’ enemy. Konatsu and Yakumo’s disciple Yotaro (Ryo Ryusei) chases after the truth of her parents’ death, which Yakumo hides.
- "Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju" takes over NHK's Friday 22:00 time slot previously occupied by "An Invisible Cradle" and followed by "Tokusatsu Gagaga" on January 18, 2019.
- Based on manga series "Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju" by Haruko Kumota (published from March 25, 2010 to June 7, 2016 in Japanese manga magazine ITAN).
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