June 6 is National Day of Sweden.
This event does signify the end of the Danish-ruled Kalmar Union, so in a sense it is a marking of Swedish independence, though the event occurred so long ago that it does not have as strong of a presence in the social consciousness as does.
The tradition of celebrating this date began 1916 at the Stockholm Olympic Stadium, in honor of the election of King Gustav Vasa in 1523, as this was considered the foundation of modern Sweden.
In commemoration of the day, we introduce you to Johan Nilsson Björk, a performer of a Japanese verbal entertainment called Rakugo (落語).
*Click the photo below and read his stories!
“Rakugo is very flexible. You are allowed to change some parts of the story even if it was written 100 years ago. I believe rakugo has so many possibilities.”