Saturday and Monday, the University of Findlay is to sponsor two traditional Japanese oral tradition performances, known in Japanese as rakugo, by Showto. Saturday's performance is 7-8 p.m. at the Pemberville Opera House, 115 Main St., Pemberville; the Monday performance is 7-8 p.m. in the Alumni Memorial Union North Multi-Purpose Room on the UF campus. Admission to both is free.
Performing rakugo in English and Japanese, Showto has appeared on stage in New Zealand, Boston, New York, Washington, D.C., and other locations. Rakugo is traditional Japanese verbal entertainment that originated during the 17th century. Dressed in a kimono, a male storyteller, the rakugoka, kneels on a cushion at the center of the stage and depicts a comical story. The rakugoka plays the role of at least two characters by changing his voice, tone, facial expressions, mannerisms, speech and positioning. In addition, the rakugoka uses props to aid in storytelling.
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