At this time of the year, I normally reflect on my rakugo journey and list things that I have accomplished during the year on this website.
But this year, I will instead list the names of the people who have encouraged, inspired, and supported me through this rather… memorable?… year.
I had never felt so strongly the interconnectedness of humans and that we never live alone.
So thank you every single one of you whose path crossed with mine this year to encourage/ support/ work with this one of the most indie performers in the world.
Kia ora, thank you, and doumo arigatou gozaimasu!
Asia New Zealand Foundation, Creative New Zealand, Auckland Council, University of Auckland, Auckland Libraries, Onehunga Community Centre, Babel Theatre, Auckland Playback Theatre, Paul & Echo Janman, Daniel Fernandez, Yasheeka Bertram, Kirsty Sharp, Bevan Chuang, Rina Kim, Athena Dennis, Kristine Ohkubo, Miki, Alex, Sydney Solis, Kanariya Eiraku Shisho, Kanariya Jincho, Kanariya Aimu, Fukuko Takahashi, Kumiko Imai, Aoteya Rakugo Club (Raki, Kazuma, Pukeko, Wine, and the Rakugo Girls), Fookes Family, Yee Yang ‘Square’ Lee/ Sums Selvarajan and their team, Sophie Tomlinson, Fiona Amundsen, X, M, & M, and my supportive family members.
* This list is in a completely random order, and I hope I didn’t miss out anyone…