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Canadian 'rakugo' comic storyteller eyes Broadway and beyond

Katsura Sunshine wants to see rakugo included by U.S. streaming giant Netflix

Canadian-born Katsura Sunshine has performed in 50 cities in 15 countries since he was named as Canada’s cultural ambassador in 2013.

TOKYO -- Canadian-born Katsura Sunshine, 51, long ago fell in love with rakugo, Japan's traditional art of comedic storytelling. He became an apprentice to the great rakugo master Katsura Bunshi VI and became the first non-Japanese practitioner of the Kamigata school of Osaka.

To make rakugo famous abroad, he performed classic rakugo stories in English overseas. He also promotes rakugo stories as a producer, in the hope that rakugo will be included in programming by U.S. streaming giant Netflix.

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