In Rakugo, there are some stock characters that show up over and over in multiple stories. One of such Rakugo-verse dwellers is Hachigoro (八五郎). His nicknames are usually: “Hachi”, “Hats-an”* (八っつぁん), or “Garappachi”* (ガラッ八).
Hachi is a happy-go-lucky clown type. He is usually quite likeable but an infamous scatterbrain. He is a bigmouth and has a tendency to act on half-baked knowledge.
Wherever he goes, chaos ensues.
In one story, he ends up becoming a monk. In another, he gets promoted to be a samurai warrior. He is possibly the best known character in Rakugo along with Kumagoro (熊五郎) and Inkyo (隠居） (whom I will introduce in other articles!).
This man mainly appears in Edo Rakugo (Tokyo Rakugo) but barely gets a cameo appearance in Kamigata Rakugo (Osaka Rakugo).
* These spellings are for pronunciation purposes only.