Canadian has English-language <em>rakugo</em> dream

| Jan 14, 2013

Canadian has English-language rakugo dream

by Mami Maruko

Katsura Sunshine wants to spread the world of rakugo (traditional comic storytelling) to people all over the world, including his home country Canada, by delivering English-translated versions. The 42-year-old Slovenian-Canadian, who was given the stage name from his master, Katsura Bunshi, after three years ...

Scholar urges fresh look at rich Ainu heritage

| Jul 10, 2012

Scholar urges fresh look at rich Ainu heritage

by Mami Maruko

Shunwa Honda, a renowned scholar of indigenous ethnic groups, emphasizes that the Japanese people need to create a stage for the nation’s indigenous Ainu, who “still suffer from not having their voices heard properly in society.” Though he looks Caucasian and uses the pen ...