SIETAR Kansai and JALT Osaka, July 2016 Joint Meeting, Rakugo: A Discourse Analysis of Japanese Traditional Comic Storytelling
SIETAR Kansai and JALT Osaka, July 2016 Joint Meeting
Rakugo: A Discourse Analysis of Japanese Traditional Comic Storytelling
Presenter: Chiho Kitagawa (Kobe City University of Foreign Studies, Kobe University,
Osaka Shoin Women’s University)
Date: Saturday, July 9, 2016 (2:00pm~5:00pm)
Place: Nishinomiya Daigaku KoryuCenter (ACTA East Tower 6F, Room 2
2 minutes from Hankyu Nishinomiya Kitaguchi station,
Fee: Free for members and students; 500 yen for non-members.
Language: English (Q & A in English and Japanese)
Social event: We will have a meal after the session at a nearby restaurant. Reservations for dinner required by Tuesday, July 5. Contact fujimotodonna@@gmail.com
Description of the presentation:
Rakugo is a Japanese form of minimalistic comedic performance, which has been passed down from master to apprentice through the generations for more than 300 years. This presentation will bring to light some pertinent points of language use that are particular to Rakugo, and will analyze and explain them. It is the speaker’s belief that the special linguistic features of Rakugo are related to and strongly influenced by the restrictions posed by the genre–the storyteller performs alone; there is no set or costume to indicate place or character; he uses only a fan and hand towel for props to represent various objects; and he speaks while kneeling on a cushion. All of the storyteller’s energies, and all of the rules, techniques and traditional ways of doing things in Rakugo, are focused on one single aim: to bring the audience fully into the fictional world being created and making them enjoy it. This presentation will present examples of how the genre’s restrictions, as well as the storyteller’s relationship to the audience, influence the Rakugo storyteller’s use of language.
Profile of the presenter:
Chiho Kitagawa (Ph.D.) is a part-time lecturer at Kobe City University of Foreign Studies, Kobe University, and Osaka ShoinWomen’s University. Her research theme is discourse analysis of Rakugo. She has taught “Rakugo in English” in several universities, and she has taught with professional Rakugoperformers since 2007. She is also deeply involved in producing events introducing Japanese culture in countries around the world. With Rakugo storyteller, Katsura Sunshine, she has visited 13 countries, including four countries in Africa in 2015. Her translations of Rakugo into English have appeared widely, including the subtitles of the 10-DVD set of Rakugo Master Katsura Bunchin’s Rakugo series at the Imperial Theatre, Tokyo, in 2010
SIETAR Japan, Kansai Chapter, June 2016 Meeting,“Essential Skills for Successful Overseas Assignment and Essential Skills for How to Deal with Expat in Japan Successfully”
SIETAR Japan, Kansai Chapter, June 2016 Meeting
In Collaboration with Ryukoku University Scholarly Association for Business Administration,
SIG, Research Group for “Intercultural Business Communication”
“Essential Skills for Successful Overseas Assignment and Essential Skills for How to Deal with Expat in Japan Successfully”
Presenter: Mr. Akira Kusaka (Intercultural Trainer and Executive Business Consultant)
Date: Sunday, June 19, 2016, 2:00pm~5:00pm
Place: Ryukoku University, Osaka Umeda Campus(14F, Hilton Plaza West Office
Tower, 2-2-2, Umeda, Kita-ku, Osaka City) Tel:06-6344-0218
Fee: Free for members and students, 500 yen for non-members
There will be an informal dinner gathering afterwards. Reservations for dinner required by
June 13. Contact Miho Yoshioka、uskj30641@@iris.eonet.ne.jp
Description of the workshop:
In accordance with a recent fad of relocation of operations in the business world, the number of Japanese who needs to work overseas or to work under the management of foreign expatriates of different culture has been significantly growing. However, it appears that the most of these Japanese rack their brains how to deal with the different culture in their working place. In this workshop, we will first observe through various cases the actual state that perturbs these Japanese, and then, through group discussions on those cases we will try to seek the essential skills or competencies that would be truly beneficial for those Japanese to successfully deal with the different culture. The part one will deal with the cases that Japanese working abroad as an expatriate may encounter, and the second part will deal with the cases that Japanese working in Japan under the management of foreign expatriates of different culture may come across.
Profile of the facilitator:
Retired business man with 40 years business experience with JAL that includes more than 17 years of overseas assignment covering 5 foreign countries. Currently acting as intercultural trainer and executive business consultant offering service to various business corporations. Author of [Kaigai Chuuzairyoku]. Holding a plan to publish the second book [Gaikokujin Expat Taiouryoku ]. BA degree of Tokyo University of Foreign Studies as well as MBA degree of Sophia Graduate School of Economics.