WHO IS SUNSHINE?

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RAKUGO:

~16th apprentice to the famous Rakugo storytelling master, Katsura Bunshi VI

~Currently the only Western-born Rakugo Master

~First in 100 years and only the second in the history of Japan

WHAT IS RAKUGO?

~400-year tradition of Japanese Comic Storytelling

~Currently over 800 professional performers based in Tokyo and Osaka

~Sunshine is a pioneer in bringing Rakugo to the world

 

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More about Rakugo

More about Sunshine

A Personal Note from Sunshine about Rakugo

CULTURAL AMBASSADOR

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OSAKA G20 SUMMIT, 2019

~Sunshine was MC for the opening reception of the G-20 Summit in Osaka

~Was personally thanked by the Governor Yoshimura of Osaka Prefecture

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OSAKA WORLD FAIR, 2025

~Sunshine served as spokesman and ambassador for the successful bid to hold the 2025 world fair in Osaka

~Was personally thanked by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

~The video below was played at the final presentation in Paris and was credited by the Japanese media for playing an important role in securing the bid

PRIME MINISTER SHINZO ABE

~Sunshine is congratulated personally by Prime Minister Abe for his work on the campaign to bring the World Expo to Osaka

BROADWAY

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RAKUGO LONG-RUNNING HIT SHOW!

~Sunshine opened at the New World Stages theater complex in the heart of Broadway in September 2019 and ran 6 months

~Scheduled to return once Broadway re-opens

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

NEW YORK PRESS

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REVIEWS OF RAKUGO FROM THE NEW YORK PRESS

A MASTER STORYTELLER!

~The New York Times

THE KING OF KIMONO COMEDY!

~Reuters

THERE IS ONLY ONE SUNSHINE!

~The New Yorker

DELIGHTFUL!  

~Splash Magazine, New York

BEAUTIFUL AND SIMPLE!

~The Times Square Chronicle

SO MUCH FUN!

~WBAI Radio, New York

HILARIOUS!

~Three Tomatoes, New York

EIGHTY MINUTES OF NON-STOP LAUGHTER!

~Three Tomatoes, New York

SIMPLE AND ELEGANT!

~Theatre is Easy, New York

LOVELY AND BRILLIANTLY PERFORMED!

~TheaterScene, New York

SUNSHINE IS AN OUTSTANDING PERFORMER!

~The Front Row Center, New York

NEW YORK AUDIENCES

HAVE BEEN ENRAPTURED!

~Hollywood Soapbox, New York

RELATABLE AND DELIGHTFUL!

~TDF, New York

CHARMING, THOUGHTFUL,

AND GUARANTEED TO BRING A SPARKLE!

~Broadway World, New York

FUNNIER THAN THE TALES IS SUNSHINE HIMSELF!

~The New Yorker

SUNSHINE HAD ME IN STITCHES!

~Reuters

BUOYANT HUMOR AND PLAYFULNESS!

~The New York Times

New York Times Full Review

The New Yorker Full Review

THE FUTURE IS BRIGHT

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NETFLIX, SPOTIFY, RAKUGO WORLD TOUR!

~Plans are underway for a Netflix Comedy Special currently accepting investment

~Talks underway with Spotify for the creation of podcasts in English and Japanese

~Rakugo World Tour underway virtually now, will begin in theatres after current pandemic subsides

ORIGINAL DENIM KIMONO FASHION!

~Just this fall, Sunshine launched his original Denim Kimono Fashion Line, in collaboration with the legendary denim makers Japan Blue of Okayama

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