• Japanese culture is the embodiment of a rich heritage - it is the fusion of traditional and contemporary forms; the staging of performing arts such as dance, music, and drama are held in different venues throughout the year; however, particularly in July, there is an abundance of cultural pesentations to celebrate Philippines - Japan Friendship Month.


    • Rakugo in English (Japanese Sit-down Comedy)

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      Date: Feb 19, 2017 (Sunday) | 3:00pm
      Venue: Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, 6819 Ayala Avenue, Makati City

      Organized by All Nippon Airways and in cooperation with the Japan Foundation, Manila, we bring you Rakugo in English, a Japanese Sit-down Comedy with special Japanese guest artists to enthrall Philippine audiences. Rakugo is a Japanese comic storytelling art that has been used as entertainment for over 400 years and is still widely popular today played at "yose", specialized theatres for Rakugo. The artist speaks to the imagination, and single-handedly creates the hilarious side of tradition of Japan.

      Enjoy Rakugo with Kaishi Katsura, the world's top performer of English Rakugo and current cultural ambassador for Japan, along with Asakichi Katsura. Meanwhile, as a colorful counterpoint to all-talk comedy, Utsumi Eika lends her versatile voice to comic song and story with shamisen music. Finally, Lucky Mai will amaze audiences with daikagura traditional clowning, a vintage street art with elements of acrobatics, juggling, magic, dance, and comedy.

      Admission is FREE but reservation is required. Registration is open from January 16 to 29, 2017. For the ticket reservation, please visit ANA Philippine website:  http://www.ana.co.jp/phyose2017/

      Regional live performances of Rakugo in English will also be held in Marco Polo, Davao City (Feb 20) and Ayala Cinema, Cebu City (Feb 22).

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