1155 21st St Nw
Washington, District of Columbia 20036

Part impressionist, part storyteller, all comedian, Kaishi Katsura brings his unique take on one of Japan’s oldest comedy traditions to the United States for a 30 performance tour. Kaishi was appointed as a cultural exchange ambassador by the Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs. He has been touring across the U.S. since April on a mission to spread the traditional Japanese humor stylings of Rakugo.

Rakugo is a 400 year old comedy tradition that requires a great deal of skill and imagination from its practitioners. Seated on a small cushion and wearing kimono, the comedians put on one-man plays using a wide variety of voices, facial expressions and two required props: a folding fan (sensu) and a small hand towel (tenugui). These props will take on an amazing array of meanings and usage throughout a performance.

Official Website: http://www.embjapan.org/jicc

Added by jiccdc on June 19, 2008

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