Readers, be prepared to melt today!
Ahem, I have at least two people whom I can safely call my “fans”.
They are the half-Japanese, half-French sisters who have been coming to my rakugo performances since the beginning of my rakugo career here in New Zealand.
That’s right, if you have been following me for a while, it is the sisters who make me origami medals every time they come to my performance (the one hanging from my ear in the photo).
The other day I bumped into them at my local library.
The older sister looked super delighted to see me and excitedly said,
“You know what, I just went to that Okiku’s well in Kobe you told me about!”
She was referring to a rakugo story called “Okiku’s Dishes”. For those who are not familiar with the story, here’s the youtube clip I made ages ago (you can always follow my youtube channel, too!).
I was already impressed that she actually went to a location in a rakugo story.
“It was a bit scary, though!”
Then, she said, “You know what? I perform rakugo for my family and friends!”
“What stories do you do?”
“Jugemu! I can say his name!”
“Oh, really… how cute! She’d probably know only a part of the name, surely!”
So I thought.
Then, she started reciting the name of the Japanese boy with the longest name ever.
I was so impressed that I asked her mother if I could record her, and here it is. This is the voice of a future female rakugo master!!! Are you ready to melt?
But hey, this is not the end!!!
Her younger sister also volunteered to recite the name of Jugemu for me!!!
Here you go!!!
This so far has been THE highlight of my rakugo career!!!