Hi all, how have you been? Hope everything is well with you over there!
I usually post my monthly updates on my YouTube channel called “What’s Up With Eishi?”, but this month I am writing one instead because I was literally voiceless for about 3 weeks and my voice is still around its 80% capacity as of today…
It all started during Auckland Lockdown 2.0.
One morning, I woke up with this violent pain in my throat, and I was convinced it probably would be… the virus.
Resigned to my fate, I let this super friendly nurse with super beautiful smiles stick a stick in my nostril.
Really… REALLY deep… which made me teary.
I remember feeling a sense of respect and fear at the same time for her to keep smiling all the way through the procedure.
Anyway, it turned out negative!
But this virus or bacteria caused the worst throat infection in my entire life…
The swollen larynx blocked my air pipe in my sleep the first 4-5 nights, which kept me awake most of the night.
Excuse my drivelling, but I just noticed…
You are not really here to read about my sufferings, are you?
In conclusion, my voice is back to about 80%, and I have started performing rakugo as usual!
I kicked off this week with a rakugo workshop for language teachers at my alma mater, the University of Auckland.
This morning I ran an online rakugo workshop for an intermediate school in Wellington.
I am working as an actor this Saturday and doing a play reading for Babel Theatre. It will be held at TAPAC, but I am not sure if it will be open to public.
You can probably gatecrash if you are really desperate (no guarantee!).
But the biggest news this month is…
The funding for developing a documentary film/ art installation has been granted!!!
I will be working with a very established documentary filmmaker.
It will deal with the concepts of war, aikido, and rakugo.
We are about to start this project next week!!!
And of course, I have to finish my Online Rakugo Project, which is due on Christmas Day!!!
I forgot to add that the rakugo club is returning at the end of the month! The venue is moving to Onehunga.
Busy life ahead!!!