Executive Producer Joe Trentacosta

Executive Producer Yoshitaka Tanaka

Artistic Producer Marie Fukuda

Associate Producer Yumi Shinozaki

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DIFFERENT STORIES EACH MONTH!

DECEMBER

HOLIDAY RAKUGO FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY!

THE ZOO (動物園)

MOMOTARO (桃太郎)

JUGEMU (寿限無)

JANUARY

ADULT RAKUGO - LEAVE THE KIDS AT HOME!

(THE FRISKY SIDE OF RAKUGO STORIES

AFFAIRS, GAMBLING AND DRINKING!)

 

THE FUROSHIKI CLOTH (風呂敷)

 READING TIME (読書の時間)

(Reading Time is an original story by

Sunshine's Master, Katsura Bunshi VI)

FEBRUARY

HILARIOUS STORIES WITH A TOUCH OF ROMANCE!

 THE LOVE LETTER (手紙)

HOMEWORK (宿題)

(Both stories this month are written by

Sunshine's Master, Katsura Bunshi VI)

RAKUGO

JAPAN'S 400-YEAR LONG RUNNING COMEDY!

The Tradition

Rakugo is a 400-year-old tradition of comic storytelling in Japan. 

The Monologue

Every Rakugo story is preceded by a comic monologue which consists of the individual storyteller’s own“material”, much like stand-up comedy. 

The Apprenticeship

 In order to become a recognized professional Rakugo storyteller, one must apprentice to a Rakugo master. The apprenticeship lasts for three to four years, and is very strict, nearing indentured servitude. 

"A Master Storyteller!"

"There is only one Sunshine!"

"Sunshine had me in stitches!"

"The King of Kimono Comedy!"

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