Have I told you I’m the last minute person?
It seems like Year 2019 is almost over, and it is already the New Year’s Eve here in New Zealand.
Tomorrow is 2020.
Unnecessarily a futuristic sounding year.
Perhaps, a movie called something like “2020: A Space Odyssey” would really take off.
I just wanted to thank you very much for all your warm support this year!!!
Rakugo is literally IMPOSSIBLE (bold, capital, italic, and underlined) without the audience, so I really owe you everything!!! Doumo arigatou gozaimasu!!!
Here’s my belated annual report of what I have achieved this already retro sounding Year 2019:
- I performed rakugo at a conference for Kiwis who are going to the 2020 Olympics.
Proud to support Japan cultural experts Hiroshi Nakatsuji, Ian Kennedy and Naoe Hashimoto to share their tips & insights with @HPSportNZ @NZParalympics @nzolympics as part of the prep for next year’s Tokyo Olympics @Tokyo2020 🇯🇵 pic.twitter.com/EbmF0JX4Hf— Asia New Zealand Foundation (@asianewzealand) March 13, 2019
- I performed rakugo at the Consul General’s residence for the Auckland Consular Corps, a group of consul generals from various countries. The Consulate General of Japan Website has a few photos from the performance.
- I have launched the rakugo club, and we now have 5 active members. Also, we have been offered to use Albert Park Keepers Cottage as our base.
- I got involved in developing a play called “The Wall” with Babel Theatre and delivered a rakugo master class for them.
- I had my animation voiceover debut on “Tales of Nai Nai“!!!
- I found a producer who is willing to help me promote my rakugo in New Zealand and beyond from 2020!!!
- And all the fantastic shows at The Spreading Tree, high schools, retirement homes, libraries, and others.
All these were possibly thanks to your loving support!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
I would like to give special thanks to (in the alphabetical order):
Asia New Zealand Foundation, Auckland Council (Creative Communities Scheme), Auckland Libraries, Auckland Museum, Auckland Playback Theatre, Babel Theatre, Baruk Jacob, Becky Kuek, the Consulate General of Japan, Creative New Zealand, Fumio Togashi, Sifu Gary Young, Ian Kennedy, Janman family, Julia& Tessa Clement, Kanariya Eiraku Shisho, Kanariya Jincho, Kirsty Sharp, Kristine Ohkubo, Kumiko Imai, Miki, Musashi Restaurant, Naoe Hashimoto, New Zealand Japan Society, Square & Sums, The Spreading Tree, and my loving whānau!!!
Happy New Year, everybody!!!