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Rakugo storyteller to visit MIT

Katsura Sunshine will visit MIT to perform Rakugo — a 400-year-old traditional Japanese comic storytelling form. The event is free and open to the public, and will be held tonight at 7:30 in 32-123.

A minimalistic performance art, Rakugo features a lone storyteller who, using only a fan and a hand towel for props, entertains the audience with a comic monologue followed by a traditional story. Sunshine, a Canadian by birth, is the only Westerner performing as a professional Rakugo storyteller today.

His performance will be in English, and is sponsored by the MIT Foreign Languages and Literatures section and the Consulate-General of Japan in Boston, funded in part by a Director’s Grant from the Council for the Arts at MIT.

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