BRILLIANT!  

~Theatre Scene, New York

SO MUCH FUN!

~WBAI Radio, New York

BASK IN THE WARMTH OF A MASTER STORYTELLER!

~The New York Times

SUNSHINE HAD ME

IN STITCHES!

~Reuters, New York

BEAUTIFUL AND SIMPLE!  

~Times Square Chronicle

CHARMING!  

~BROADWAY WORLD

EASY TO LOVE!

~Theater Pizzazz, New York

DROP DEAD FUNNY!

~Metropolis, Tokyo

HILARIOUS!  

~Camden New Journal

London

MASTERFUL!  

~UK Anime Network

A RACONTEUR EXTRAORDINAIRE!

~The  Japan Times

THE KING OF   

KIMONO COMEDY!  

~Reuters

SUNSHINE PLUCKS LAUGHTER WITH

RHYTHM AND TIMING FIT FOR AN ATHLETE!

~Nikkei Asian Review

THERE IS ONLY ONE SUNSHINE!

~The New Yorker

A ONE MAN SITCOM!

~CTV National, Canada

A SIGHT TO BEHOLD! TOO MUCH FUN!

~CBC Radio, Canada

AN OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE!

~Front Row Center, New York

BEGINNING TO END, THE PRODUCTION'S MIRTH IS CATCHING, WARM, FRIENDLY AND UNBURDENED, AS THOUGH EACH YARN IS LACED WITH A BIT OF SUNSHINE.  TRADITIONAL STYLE WITH BUOYANT HUMOR AND PLAYFULNESS, BASKING IN THE WARMTH OF A MASTER STORYTELLER.

~The New York Times

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RAKUGO ON ZOOM:

Sunshine will perform live for your patrons or group on Zoom - from Sunshine Studios in Tokyo.  Hosting a performance is easy.   (Platforms other than Zoom also possible.)

PERFECT COMIC THEATER FOR THE TIMES

Rakugo is simple, light, comical, entertaining, but also deeply cultural at the same time.  It is the perfect entertainment to present in a live digital setting.

LIVE Q&A

ZOOM performances also provide the perfect forum to ask Sunshine about Rakugo, Japan, Broadway, or anything else.  This aspect of the performance has been super popular at every stop of the World Tour so far!

HOW DO I HOST?

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KATSURA SUNSHINE

JAPANESE COMIC STORYTELLING

BROADWAY AND BEYOND

NEW YORK LONG RUN:

Rakugo ran for six months at the New World Stages theater complex and is scheduled to resume performances as soon as Broadway re-opens.

REVIEWS AND PRESS:

Rakugo received universally positive reviews from the New York media, including the New York Times, The New Yorker, and Reuters. 

 

BEST UNIQUE THEATRICAL EXPERIENCE

Rakugo was nominated for Best Unique Theatrical Experience for the 2020 Off-Broadway Alliance Awards

G20 SUMMIT, OSAKA 2019

Sunshine served as bilingual MC for the opening reception of the G20 Summit in Osaka

OSAKA WORLD EXPO, 2025

Sunshine served as spokesman and ambassador for the successful bid to hold the 2025 world fair in Osaka.  He received personal praise from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for his contribution. 

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RAKUGO

JAPAN'S 400-YEAR LONG-RUNNING COMEDY!

THE TRADITION:

Rakugo is a 400-year-old tradition of comic storytelling in Japan.  The stories have been passed down from master to apprentice aurally through the centuries.

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. 

Sunshine went to his Master's home every morning for 3 years, did laundry, cleaned, carried bags, folded kimonos, and watched and learned in the way that every Japanese apprentice has done for hundreds of years.

RAKUGO

WORLD TOUR

SCHEDULE

October 20, 2020 - Seattle, Town Hall

November 11, 2020 - Tokyo, English Speaking Society of Japan

November 13, 2020 - Nagoya, Kokusai Koryukai

November 14, 2020 - Orlando, Japan Festival

November 26, 2020 - Singapore, WAOJE International

December 4, 2020 - New York, Private Event

December 10, 2020 - Chicago, Japan America Society

December 11, 2020 - New York, Private Event

December 15, 2020 - New York, Japan Society

January 30, 2021 - Chicago Japanese Club

February 5, 2021 - Sosei Heptares, Tokyo

February 12, 2021 - Waseda University School of Business

February 19, 2021 - Japan Business Association of Southern California

February 24, 2021 - Dooley School Washington DC

February 25, 2021 - Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Japan

February 28, 2021 - Los Angeles (Private Performance)

March 3, 2021 - Tokyo, Yoshimoto Yurakucho Theatre

(LIVE IN THEATRE)

March 8, 2021 - CBRE Women's Network, Tokyo

March 14, 2021 - One Year Anniversary YouTube Rakugo Performance and Zoom Uchiage After-Party!

April 3, 2021 - Tokyo, Yoshimoto Yurakucho Theatre

(LIVE IN THEATRE)

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