2012, Feb 24: Japanese Storytelling – English Rakugo at UCLA

English Rakugo Katsura UtazoFebruary 24, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

UCLA Broad Arts Center, Room 2160 E

Featuring: Katsura Utazo, a professional Rakugo performer from Japan.

Rakugo is the traditional Japanese custom of storytelling and is performed by a solo artist.

Master Katsura Utazo took his apprenticeship under Master Katsura Utamaru and started doing his opening acts for him in 1992. He rose to the highest Rakugo Master rank in 2005.

The event is being sponsored by the UCLA Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies, the Japan Foundation and the Rafu Mutsumikai to promote Japanese culture.

This event is free and open to the public. To find out more information, visit: http://international.ucla.edu/japan/events/showevent.asp?eventid=9251

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The contents of the February issue are following:

Japanese language: New teaching method introduced in Los Angeles (Japan Foundation Los Angeles opens new Japanese language programs at Little Tokyo with new teaching method called “marugoto”)

Authentic Japanese traditional dance to be performed at Armstrong Theatre, Torrance (The Wakahisa-Kai of Seiha Wakayagi Ryu will hold its 15th Anniversary Spring Recital at Armstrong Theatre in Torrance on Sunday, April 8 at 1:00 pm. 24 authentic traditional Japanese dances will be presented. Tickets are $20)

The Fowler Museum at UCLA presents “Moving Forward: Life after the Grate East Japan Earthquake” exhibition from March 4 – April 15 (Featuring a series of large-scale photographs, short articles, and videos, the exhibition focuses on the stories of the people recovering from the disaster in the Tohoku area.)

A Japanese garden to commemorate its centennial anniversary (The Japanese Garden in the Huntington Library is among the oldest and most elaborate of its kind in America. Begun in 1911, the Japanese Garden was inspired by widespread Western fascination with Asian culture.)

And more….