Review: Sunshine! Japanese Rakugo

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KATSURA Sunshine is the only non-Japanese professional Rakugo storyteller in the world.

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Spotlites, Hanover Street

Born Greg Robic in Toronto he is now fresh off his North American tour, including a sell-out performance at Toronto’s historic Winter Gardens Theatre. He joins us at the Fringe for the second year in a row.

Rakugo is over 400 years old and is the traditional Japanese art of storytelling. A minimalistic performance art where the storyteller, dressed in a kimono, uses only a fan and a hand towel as props and is seated on their knees upon a cushion.

The performance begins with what could be described as a stand-up comedy routine where Katsura Sunshine talks to the audience about his experiences of living in Japan as an English speaker, although he now speaks Japanese fluently.

He also teaches the audience a little about the Japanese language and how much more emphasis the Japanese but on being polite.

The second half of the performance is the actual Rakugo, where Katsura Sunshine signifies a switch in character by turning his head the other way or by changing his voice.

Katsura’s Show is a thoroughly enjoyable experience that is fun for all the family.

Until August 31