Last month when I had a rakugo performance in Wellington, one of the audience members asked me if I was a member of the English Rakugo Association.
My answer was no…
He looked almost confused as I had just told them how excited I was that the association was established… by my very own master Kanariya Eiraku!
But I was slack at taking an action until my master himself invited me (this, by the way, is a bad thing in Japanese/ rakugo culture… as I didn’t take the initiative to discuss with him…)
Anyway… making a long story short, I have finally joined the association as of today!
For those who know me well, I am a bit superstitious when it comes to choosing the right timing to begin something new.
I began my training under Eiraku on my 40th birthday.
I especially asked him if I could start on that particular day.
Today 15 August is the 76th anniversary for the end of the WWII. By surrendering to the war, Japan began her new journey as a more peaceful nation.
The restrictions for rakugo performances were lifted, therefore rakugo came back fully.
Peace is a prerequisite for art to thrive.
As a reminder of this, I hereby became a member of the association as of today to promote rakugo further to the world.
By the way, I was given Special Membership B (which I don’t know much about but sounds cool) 😃