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Katsura Sunshine has come quite a way from his days listening to Japanese rakugo comic tales at a local yakitori skewered chicken restaurant where he was introduced to the ancient traditional art form almost 20 years ago.

One might never guess that the 47-year-old Canadian from Toronto is poised to introduce Americans to Japanese culture by performing the craft at an off-Broadway theater in New York City in mid-November, as the first non-Japanese rakugo storyteller in post-war Japan.

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