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English Rakugo by Kanariya Eiraku

By The North American Post Staff

English Rakugo, a t raditional form of comedic storytelling, has been performed at local occasions for the last several years. This year, a Japanese comedy will be introduced at the festival by Kanariya Eiraku and his troupe.

Kanariya Eiraku, whose real name is Tatsuya Sudo, has been performing rakugo in English since 2007 as a tool of cultural exchange. He is also a founder of the Asian American Literature Association in Japan and an instructor at several language institutions.

English performances of Rakugo began in the 1980s with Katsura Shijaku and a few other comedic storytellers following the activities of Katsura Kaishi and Katsura Sun Shine, who visited Seattle previously to perform.

Kanariya Eiraku’s style, the Edo style from Tokyo, might be slightly different from previous storytellers who practiced the Kamigata style from Osaka. The popular story “Toki Soba” in Tokyo using soba noodles was translated from the original to “Toki Udon” in Osaka.

Kanariya Eiraku will present a short performance at 6:30 p.m. on Friday at Armory. He and his troupe, including Kanariya Kappa, Kanariya Fukushime, Kanariya Tanekichi and Kanariya Nuts, will perform at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday at Armory Loft 2 and at 4 p.m. on Sunday at Fisher Pavilion.

The group will also perform at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington on Saturday at 7 p.m.

They will perform several stories including “Toki Soba,” “the Fox,” “Outwitting,” “The Zoo,” “Scary Hamburgers,” “Cherry blossoms viewing and sake,” “Peach Boy” and “Nopperabo.”


英語落語、鹿鳴家英楽さん 笑いで異文化交流促進

今年のシアトル桜祭・日本文化祭の目玉の1つが、近年当地でも公演のたびに好評を博している英語落語だ。鹿鳴家英楽さん(本名:須藤達也) が、弟子4人と舞台披露する。




英語落語公演は鹿鳴家英楽さんが、22 日の開会式後に「時そば」を披露。本公演は23 日午後2 時半からアーモリーロフト3、24 日午後4時からフィッシャーパビリオンで開かれる。23 日にはワ州日本文化会館でも公演する。


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