Friday Night Live

This monthly showcase of local musical talent celebrates the spoken word in May.

Sit back for a cultural evening of rakugo, the traditional Japanese art of comic storytelling, with Shinoharu Tatekawa (pictured).

The bilingual Yale grad, who worked at a major trading firm before discovering his true calling, will regale the Winter Garden crowd with humorous tales and monologues entirely in English.

Rakugo’s origins date back to the Edo period when it was developed as a form of entertainment for ordinary Japanese.

Kimono-clad storytellers, or rakugoka, remain seated on a cushion during performances and animatedly act out stories with just a fan and small hand towel as props.

Tatekawa, who performs in both Japanese and English, has introduced rakugo to foreign audiences in Japan and abroad.

The rib-tickling entertainment will be complemented by a selection of drinks and hors d’oeuvres.


  • Open to Members ages 16 & above
  • ¥1,650 (no food and beverage service)
  • Prices include consumption tax
  • Organized by the Culture, Community & Entertainment Committee

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