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日米150年祭2
US JAPAN 150 YEARS
日米150年祭2

The sesquicentennial of the signing of the first treaty between Japan and the U.S.-the Treaty of Peace and Amity, March 31, 1854.

■Rakugo in English (Free Admission)
Rakugo group will perform traditional form of comedy routine in English.
Sunday, March 21; 1p.m. to 3p.m.
Japan Infomation Center
Please RSVP (312)280-0428/jickono@webkddi.com

For further information: Japan Information Center
737 N.Michigan Ave. Ste.1000, Chicago, IL 60611 (312)280-0430

Japan America Society of Chicago/ Consulate General of Japan at Chicago

puppet Rakugo ←Kakushow performs puppet Rakugo. The story is made to concern about ecology and environmental issues.
US JAPAN 150 YEARS
JAPANESE COMEDY
GROUP HITS CHICAGO!!

Sponsored by Consulate General of Japan at Chicago, Japan America Society of Chicago, Osaka Committee of the Chicago International Program

The premier Japanese sit-down comedy group "English-Rakugo" -one of the few Japanese rakugo groups that perform in English- will appear Sunday, March 21 at the Japan Infomation center.Perfoamance will be form 1:00 to 2:30., followed by Q&A.Interested parties should RVSP to jickono@webkddi.com or (312)280-0428.$6 parking at Olympia centre Parking* with validation.

FREE!!
More about "English-Rakugo" at www.english-rakugo.com

Information:
Japan Information Center*
Consulate General of Japan
Olympia centre, Suite 1000
737 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60611

Phone: 312-280-0430
Email: jickono@webkddi.com
URL: www.chicago.us.emb-japan.
go.jp/jic.html

*Entrance on Chicago Avenue

English-Rrakugo's visit to the U.S. is sponsored by the Visiting East Asian Professionals Program of Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri.
The Second City
ENGLISH RAKUGO
AT SECOND CITY

Japanese Comedy Group
Comes to Chicago on March 21!!

Come and be entertaind by a unique Japanese comedy group performing "English-Rakugo" (Japanese sit-down comedy) at Chicago's premiere comedy club, Second City.Performers wear traditional Japanese clothes (kimono) and perform entirely on their knees.

"Rakugo is a unique form of storytelling which includes comedy and play as well as art.Rakugo can be best described as Japanese sit-down comedy of comic story telling.In Rakugo only the conversations between characters appear in the story.Therefore, the performer must be able to play the role of each distinct character."

Join us for diverse and entertaining evening of Japanese humor.
Date: Sunday, March 21, 2004
Time: 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Fee: $5,00
To make a resevation please call
Second City Box Office at (312)337-3992 or
www.secondcity.com
Place: Second City
1616 N. Wells Street, Chicago, IL 60614
Sponsors: Consulate General of Japan at Chicago
Chicago Sister Cities International
Program (Osaka Committee)
Japan America Society of Chicago

Parking is available for a fee at 1608 N. Wells, 1/2 block west on North Avenue at the Piper's Alley self park garage.Fees range from $6 to $15.

Chicago pizza ←When in Chicago, can't avoid this! The thick big Chicago pizza. Five of us couldn't finish a pizza.
Washington Univ.
RAKUGO
Japanese Sit-Down Comedy
Performance in English
落語

Saturday March 27, 2004
3 p.m. Washington University
Brown Hall Room 100
Reception to follow event
FREE!!

Rakugo is Japan's equivalent to what we know as 'stand-up comedy' - but, of course, the performers sit down rather than stand up.A lone performer seatd on a cushion plays the part of several characters in a single sketch.In a noodle shop, a man slurps his noodles while outwitting the shop owner over the bill; a daughter-in-law seeks a way to deal with her mother-in-law; and a death defying rickshaw driver takes his customer to heaven after his unsuccessful duel with a bullet train.The challenge for the performer is switching from one distinct character to another.Each character represents exaggerated aspects of the human personality that we can all readily relate to.The everyday predicaments that the characters find themselves in have the potential to make us all laugh.Yet, while the themes are somewhat universal, the stories have the flavor of Japan, and reflect traditional concepts and values.
Washington University in St.Louis
ARTS&SCIENCE

Presented by the Visiting East Asian Professionals
Program

For more information call (314)935-8772 or visit our
website www.artsci.wustl.edu~veap

The Second City ←The entrance of The Second City. Many American comedians are born at this theater and we were very excited about performing here.

monkey story ←Katsura Kaishi performing "monkey story" at the beginning. He looks all happy receiving with cheers at the punch line.
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Copyright 2002 Kimie Oshima