Manga/Comics Reading and Research Network, MaRRN, Japan, NYC, RESOBOX, manga, comics, rakugo, Tozaburo Yanagiya, Dr. Keiko Miyajima, Haruko Kumota, Yoshihiro Tatsumi

Study Rakugo with the Manga/Comics Reading and Research Network

The Manga/Comics Reading and Research Network Meeting: Rakugo

Thursday, November 8 from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

RESOBOX East Village – 91 E. 3rd Street (between 1st and 2nd Avenues)

Admission: One minimum order of a drink or food from the RESOBOX cafe

The Manga/Comics Reading and Research Network (MaRRN) in New York is a casual organization comprised of individuals and groups who engage with manga/comics to deepen the knowledge of the medium, industry, and culture surrounding it. Primarily a reading group meet-up, MaRRN holds special lecture events, inviting artists, scholars, and professionals specializing in manga and comics. The group welcomes everyone – artists, fans, scholars, researchers, educators, editors, publishers, translators, and more – to discuss manga from diverse perspectives.

MaRRN’s fourth meeting will involve Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju Vol. 1 by Haruko Kumota and Fallen Words by Yoshihiro Tatsumi. Both works are about the Japanese traditional art of storytelling/entertainment called rakugo in which a single performer tells comedic stories – and sometimes sentimental or horror stories, as well – using a variety of storytelling techniques such as gestures, dialects, differently pitched voices, and mannerisms. Kumota’s Descending Stories is a fictional work about the world of rakugo, including the dynamics of mentor-disciple relationships, traditional customs, and the rakugo audience. Tatsumi’s work is a collection of gekiga adaptations, or plays, based on famous rakugo stories.

This informal, friendly gathering will begin with a casual chat/reading time at the beginning over drinks or food. Then CUNY professor Dr. Keiko Miyajima will lead a discussion by introducing the author Kumota and her works, followed by a talk and Q&A. The event will close with a mini-rakugo performance by special guest Tozaburo Yanagiya, who appeared at Brooklyn Kura this April. There is no previous reading requirement for attendees.

For more information, please visit RESOBOX’s website or MaRRN’s Facebook page.