“A Fortune Teller” is Born!!!

I have just finished writing a new rakugo story called “A Fortune Teller”.

It involves “karoshi” (death from overwork or work-related exhaustion), two fortune tellers, and a superhero.

Rakugo is both a traditional art and a popular art at the same time, which gives it a very unique status among the Japanese traditional arts.

It is something to protect as a cultural heritage and also something to evolve so it stays relevant now and in the future.

I’ve always wanted to write something that reflects the early 21st century, and this is it!

It is really absurd (it’s my work after all) and lacks depth at this stage, but I hope it will eventually evolve into something that other English Rakugo performers would want to perform.

As an experiment, I will perform it at my next public performance in December.

As usual, I’ll appreciate your feedback!

(I’m writing this as I wait for my turn at a barbershop. Hope my new haircut will be OK!)

(祝) Rakugo Club Is Born. Finally!!!

I did it!

After 3 years of planning, I have finally launched the first rakugo club in the history of New Zealand!!! (*Please contact me if you want to contest this claim.)

As far as I know, I had been the only rakugo performer permanently based in New Zealand as of 5 October 2019. But this tragic statistics changed in a matter of a day.

Three brave people, two from New Zealand and one from Japan, joined this movement to make this world a better place by the power of stories. I am pretty sure they had no intention whatsoever other than having fun learning rakugo, but hey 🙂 I am infamous for exaggerating things a bit- I must be a rakugo performer or something.

We learned the basic of rakugo such as “kamishimo” (the technique to distinguish characters), stock characters (Hachi, Kuma, Inkyo, etc.), and some protocols. They even got to learn and perform a “kobanashi” (short stories).

Thus, the rakugo population of New Zealand quadrupled overnight on 6 Oct. I now proclaim 6 October as the National Rakugo Day©! (Someone is exaggerating again…)

You are still welcome to join the club, and you don’t have to participate in the “movement” per se…

Just come have fun with us!

The next meeting will be held 2:00-4:00PM, 20 October at a venue to be confirmed 🙂

Contact me via the “contact” page if you are interested!