Hi all, how have you been? Hope everything’s well with you all!
So… our rakugo club has finally resumed its activities after a long break due to the Covid crisis and relocated ourselves in Onehunga!
We had 7 participants including myself, and we had the most memorable new beginning with two special guests, one with a smiley face and the other with a cat face.
If you have been following my blog, you might have guessed, but they are the “rakugo masters” whom I introduced here a while ago.
They came back!!!
In yukata (a casual summer kimono) and ready to perform!!!
This is how this dream gig took place.
The night before, their mother e-mailed me saying that their older daughter had just performed “Jugemu” in front of her class for the Culture Day at her school. She obviously taught herself the entire story and actually performed it!
This was literally the best thing that’s ever happened in my rakugo career!
I somehow inspired this little girl to love and even perform rakugo in public!
When they started coming to my shows, I initially thought it was just a temporary thing, but it’s been a few years now.
So… I told her mum that the rakugo club is resuming the next day.
She hadn’t known anything about it but e-mailed me at the most perfect timing!
The girls showed up, completely ready to perform, and…
WOW, the older girl performed Jugemu almost perfectly!!!
The little one also recited the name of Jugemu for us.
I couldn’t believe they taught themselves by watching rakugo on YouTube!!!
We were all mesmerised and inspired by their performances!!!
They are planning to come back to the club whenever they can 🙂
I am very excited about the future of rakugo in New Zealand!!!