THE BEST Rakugo Podcast EVER in the English Language!


Would you believe me if I said that there is a professional Rakugo performer, who is also a Yale University graduate?

The traditional world of Rakugo and the apex of American academia seem so far apart and almost impossible to coexist.

Believe me or not, there is one.  Only one in the world, to be precise.

His name is Shinoharu Tatekawa (立川 志の春), the third apprentice of the Rakugo giant Shinosuke Tatekawa (立川志の輔).

I stumbled upon his Podcast recently, and it is really amazingly done.  It covers all aspects of Rakugo in English, and I can almost say it is THE BEST introduction to Rakugo for those who do not understand Japanese.

I can’t recommend it more highly.  Here’s the link!

Rakugo – Japanese traditional style comedy –

Great News! Look Closely at the Flyer!


First of all, look at the e-flyer above very closely.  I distributed it at the performance last night.

Did you notice anything?


Focus at the bottom right corner.

Yes, my funding application has been approved!!!  My project is now funded by Auckland Council’s Creative Communities Scheme.

It was approved on 10 April 2018, two days before the show.

What this means is that the funding now covers the cost for the venue and printing expenses for my flyers and marketing materials.

Yes, I am still performing Rakugo out of love (i.e. for free after other expenses), but it is now without a financial risk thanks to the scheme.

Thank you the Auckland Council for this opportunity!