Possibly the Best Online Resource for Ukiyoe Fans!


My friend recently told me about this AMAZING website by the Library of Congress where you can browse and even download images of Japanese fine prints before 1915.

I assume that people who visit my website are already interested in the Japanese culture, so I thought that it might of interest to you.

Here’s the link for Fine Prints: Japanese, pre-1915 Collection.

I personally found that the easiest way to browse is to go into the “Slideshow” mode (select under the drop-down menu and click “GO”).


Free English Rakugo Performance at Libraries, Schools, or Japanese Restaurants? I will be there!


Daylight Saving is ending this weekend… on April Fool’s Day.

As I consider numerous prank opportunities, I am reminded that my first solo performance is looming up on 12 April!!!

As such, I am currently looking for places to hone my skills leading up to the performance.  I was wondering if any of you awesome readers know of places that would give me opportunities to perform in the next few weeks.

I especially love performing at high schools and libraries, but Japanese restaurants might benefit from having me.

There is no guarantee, but I would probably be able to bring 10-20 extra customers to your restaurant, and I do not charge a cent at the moment.  How about a free Rakugo show on a quiet day at your venue?

I have indeed found a producer, and he will (hopefully!) start managing me from next year… So this free performance deal will not last very long!

Whew, I have to be a sales person to sell free stuff, and I have found it quite challenging so far.  I wouldn’t make a good real estate agent.

Let me know if you know someone who is interested!

First School Visit in New Zealand!


Today marks a new beginning in my Rakugo journey!

I finally got to perform Rakugo at a local high school.

I had the privilege of sharing Rakugo with Year 11 and Year 13 Japanese language classes.

Even though the Rakugo story itself was in English, I used as much Japanese as possible to help their language learning.

The students were so welcoming, and I was especially impressed by their near-perfect pronunciation in Japanese.

They are really fortunate to have such an amazing teacher!

One of the highlights was when I was asked to improvise a short “Doraemon Rakugo”!

Doraemon is one of the most popular cartoons in Japan, and it has been on air since 1973, a few years longer than my entire life!

We realised that all the students in the class had known the cartoon, and the teacher dared me to perform it 😉

As an improviser, I couldn’t resist!

I attempted and failed miserably (very much expected), but we definitely had fun… at my expense!

Looking forward to the next one!