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”).
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!
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!