Funny, informative show by comic story-teller Kaishi Katsura - he did the whole show in a mixture of English and Japanese.
He told us about his travels in a camper van (with his wife and two children) around America, where he performed Rakugo at campsites, firestations and comedy clubs. He showed us some slides of the efforts of venue hosts designing a Japanese style stage for him - in one place he was kneeling on a TABLE covered with a red cloth!
He explained some of the traditions of Rakugo such as the use of the fan and towel, and how he uses his voice and body to bring a story to life.
The most popular form of American comedy is called "Stand Up Comedy", with one comic standing and delivering short jokes or "one-liners", although there are of course comic storytellers in the US and Europe too.
MY big surprise was that I actually understood about 80% of his talking - in Japanese. I guess he speaks very clearly and with clear gestures, but I was impressed with my own Japanese knowledge!!!!
Here is his website if you'd like to know more.
Kaishi Katura's Blog.
Sapporo University is holding six Culture Forums this year and the Rakugo in English was Forum Number 2.
For more information: Sapporo University.