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Japan in Motion: An Evening of Japanese Vaudeville
Friday, August 17, 2012 - 7:00pm

The Center for Japanese Studies summer performing arts festival, Japan in Motion 2012 continues August 17 with a student performance.

An Evening of Japanese Vaudeville, with Matthew Shores & students

During the 1800s and early 1900s, Japanese people flocked to yose, the Japanese vaudeville hall. Yose were small yet welcoming places, and they could be found all over in large cities. Shows consisted of all kinds of variety arts, such as magic tricks, balancing acts, instrumental virtuoso-joke tellers, and much more. The main attraction was comic storytelling, or rakugo. Though all yose were reduced to ashes by the end of World War II, several made remarkable comebacks in the postwar era. Despite nonstop competition with a host of popular media rivals since then, yose culture remains alive and well today. 

On August 17, PSU's Center for Japanese Studies will host what will be the first ever English-language Japaneseyose show by students at an American university. Students performers will be led by two-time PSU (CJS) graduate Matthew W. Shores, who specializes in Japanese literature and theater and is currently completing his dissertation on Kamigata rakugo at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Come join us for an exciting evening of making history. Come be a part of the fun. Come sit back and relax, and laugh to your heart's content!

August 17, 2012, 7 p.m.
Lincoln Hall, Room 75
Street level from SW Broadway entrance
Down one level from SW Park entrance

Free and Open to the public

Japan in Motion 2012 is co-sponsored by the PSU Departments of Music, Theatre and Film, and World Languages and Literatures. Generously supported by Shookai of Portland and P&A Metal Fab Incorporated.