Rakugo (Japanese comic story) Storytelling with English subtitles:

by Rakugo Master Yanagiya Sankyo


Friday, February 24, 7pm
*Opening reception starts at 6pm

The Harry and Yvonne Lenart Auditorium, Fowler Museum at UCLA
(308 Charles E Young Dr E, Los Angeles, CA 90024)
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Free admission, No RSVP is required


Saturday, Februray 25, 2pm

Garden Room A, JACCC
(244 S San Pedro St, Los Angeles, CA 90012)
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Renowned “Rakugo” raconteur Yanagiya Sankyo, who received a 2014 Japan Foundation Award for his long-term achievements in promoting Japanese culture worldwide, will be performing a Rakugo storytelling with English subtitles! Does PowerPoint Rakugo work? Definitely! It has been tried and proven hilarious in many cities outside Japan, including ones here in the US. Enjoy his LA premier performance and deepen your understanding of this 400 year-old tradition. This performance is brought to you as a part of his role as a Japan Cultural Envoy as appointed by the Agency of Cultural Affairs.


About performers:

Yanagiya Sankyo
Born in 1948, he became an apprentice to Yanagiya Kosan V in 1967 and received a shin’uchi rank in 1981. He is a veteran rakugo performer who can portray the subtle emotions of a character during a performance. He is currently a board member of the Association of Rakugo Performers.






Yanagiya Kyonosuke was born in 1971 and became an apprentice of Yanagiya Sankyo in 1993. He also received a shin’uchi rank in 2007. Like his teacher, Sankyo, Kyonosuke concentrates on classical stories (Koten) and has an orthodox performance style.






The event is co-presented by the Japan Foundation, Los Angeles, UCLA The Department of Asian Languages & Cultures and Japanese American Cultural & Community Center.