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Japanese traditional comedy in English on 9/25

From: Eri
Sent on: Monday, September 22, 2008 7:41 PM
Hello, everybody,

Have you ever seen Japanese Traditional comedy?
Japanese humor might be different from American one.
Let's find it out!


Kaishi Katsura
, the premier performer of English Rakugo (a Japanese traditional comedy) is coming over to Austin to make you burst into Laughter!

Time: 19:00 Date: 09/25/2008 (Thu)

The University of Texas at Austin
Mezes Hall - MEZ1.306

University Station A1800

The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX[masked]

Performer Kaishi Katsura

Questions or comments? E-mail us at: [address removed]

(Contact Persons: Michiko Miyata / Hiroyasu Ata)

Organized by: Japan-America Society of Greater Austin

Consulate General of Japan in Houston

Austin Japan Association

Traditional Rakugo Comedian, Kaishi Katsura, has been ap­pointed by the Japanese Minis­try of Culture as its cultural exchange ambassador to USA, where He will stage a nation­wide tour of English Rakugo from April to September in 2008.

Rakugo is a very special form of comedy. The storyteller kneels on a cushion on a stage called a ?Koza?, and plays any number of characters.
Samurai, geisha, merchants, farmers, thieves, drunkards, ghosts, and even dogs all come to life in Rakugo, and the storyteller does this alone.

Rakugo started about 400 years ago in the Edo period.
It may be traditional, but it is anything but old-fashioned. Throughout its history, storytellers have always put their own modern stamp on the old stories, and are always coming up with new stories as well!

Rakugo is usually performed only in Japanese, but Kaishi is turn­ing Rakugo into an international entertainment by presenting Rakugo in English!
Come on out and see Kaishi?s English Rakugo, and experience this unique Japanese traditional comedy by yourself!

? Learn More about Rakugo

? Kaishi Katsura?s Blog

The University of Texas ? Mezes Hall

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