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OSAKA — Clad in a bright pink kimono and blue obi with matching color accessories in her neatly tied blonde hair, English-language “rakugo” comic storyteller Diane Orrett appeared on stage recently in front of a mostly Japanese audience in central Osaka.

Sitting on a cushion on a tatami mat behind a small low table at the center of the stage, in the traditional style of rakugo performers, she began greeting the audience of more than 400 in fluent Japanese.

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