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Rakugo: Comedy of the Edo Period

  • Japan Information & Culture Center, Embassy of Japan 1150 18th Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20036 United States (map)

Presented by the Japan Information & Culture Center, Embassy of Japan and NHK WORLD TV

"A raconteur extraordinaire! One of a kind! Sunshine is a star!"

"The most I've laughed all year! If you want to laugh from the bottom of your heart, Sunshine is a must-see!"

Discover old Japan through rakugo-style storytelling presented by the world-renowned Katsura Sunshine!

Known as a time dominated by a deep love for the arts, Edo Japan’s distinctive artwork paid homage to the culture, lifestyle, and teeming society of samurai, artists, chefs, and merchants.Around the same time, rakugo, the art of comedic storytelling, grew in popularity. Featuring a single storyteller using only a folding fan and a small cloth to tell riotous tales, rakugo is Japan’s answer to stand-up comedy.

Get ready for a night of hilarity as Katsura Sunshine takes you on a tour through Edo Japan!

About the Presenter:

Canadian-born Katsura Sunshine is a traditional Japanese rakugo comic storyteller and host of NHK World TV's "Dive into Ukiyo-e." He appears around the world and is frequently invited by Japanese embassies to perform rakugo as an introduction to Japanese culture. Sunshine will have performances in London's West End and New York's off-Broadway later this year.

Co-presented by the JICC and NHK WORLD TV

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required for security purposes. Doors open at 6:00PM; screening begins at 6:30PM. No admission or re-entry will be permitted after doors close at 7:00PM or when seating is filled, whichever occurs first. Registered guests will be seated on a first come, first served basis. Please arrive early as seating is limited and registration does not guarantee guests a seat.


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