Japanese storytelling event coming to UI

URBANA — Katsura Sunshine, a Canadian citizen who is trained in the traditional Japanese storytelling art of rakugo, will bring the unique art form this week to the University of Illinois campus.

Sunshine will offer an English-language rakugo performance at 7 p.m. Friday in the Knight Auditorium of the Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., U.

The event will begin with a brief introductory lecture by Chiho Kitagawa on the tradition, in which one storyteller takes on the roles of a number of characters in creating a comic dialogue.

The event is made possible by the Japanese government, the Japanese embassies in Ottawa and Washington D.C., the Japan Foundation, Spurlock Museum and the UI's Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies.

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