Ueno Hirokoji Station
is located in Taito Ward of Tokyo.
It lies on the Tokyo Metro Ginza
Line in the district of Ueno to
the east of Ueno Station. It is
connected to Ueno Okachimachi, Okachimachi,
and Naka Okachimachi Stations through
There is a busy shopping area near
Ueno Hirokoji Station, but unlike
the bazaar-style Ameyoko Market
near Ueno Okachimachi Station, the
market near Ueno Hirokoji has more
of the usual shops. There are many
modern Western-style shops and department
stores, including Matsuzakaya, besides
a multitude of restaurants, bars
Suzumoto Theater is located a few
minutes walk from Exit 3 of Ueno
Hirokoji Station. This historical
theater was built in 1857 and is
the oldest of its kind in Tokyo.
The theater holds classical Japanese
comic performances called rakugo.
Rakugo is a traditional comic monologue
performance in which a comedian
dressed in a kimono sits on a purple
cushion and tells stories that have
been handed down for centuries.
The stories are told using only
a fan, a pipe, and a handkerchief
as props. This one story-teller
enacts the whole cast of characters
using different voices and facial
expressions. The monologue is full
of expressions and puns to make
it sound interesting.