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Rakugo! An Evening with Katsura Sunshine

Katsura Sunshine
Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center (ECC1)
ECC Theater 3940 Brooklyn Ave. NE (on the corner of Brooklyn Ave. and NE 39th St.) - Google Map


Sunshine in Seattle! Two nights only!  Katsura Sunshine is making the world of traditional Japanese art accessible and entertaining in his one-man show of rakugo (Japanese comedic story-telling) and introduction to the 'floating world' of traditional woodblock print art. Performances are in English with some Japanese. 

Sunshine completed his three-year Rakugo apprenticeship in 2012 by the great Rakugo storytelling master, Katsura Bunshi VI (then named Katsura Sanshi).  Sunshine is the first ever Western Rakugo storyteller in the history of the “Kamigata” Rakugo tradition, based in Osaka, and only the second ever in the history of Japan and the only Western professional Rakugo storyteller at the present time.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  Free and open to the public.  This show will be recorded for broadcast on NHK World TV's "Dive into UKIYO-E" series, airing on local NHK channels. By registering for this event you are giving approval to potentially appear as a member of the audience. No children under the age of 5 please at the request of NHK TV. 
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Sponsored by the UW Japan Studies Program and made possible by the Mitsubishi Corporation with generous support from NHK World TV.