2 Rakugo Shows Coming Up Soon!!!

Hi all, hope you are doing great!!!

My apology I am so terrible at updating this website, but I am letting you know that two rakugo shows are coming up soon!!! This is just a notice, but I promise to post something more interesting next time!!!

One is at the Auckland Zen Centre on Saturday, 31 August. I will be sharing the stage with the super talented artist (writer, musician, poet, filmmaker, and the list goes on)/ zen teacher Richard von Sturmer!!! What an honour!!! I am also interested in the Q&A session afterwards to hear how rakugo would be received by Kiwi Zen Buddhists.

The other is my main show at The Spreading Tree on Fri 13 September. As usual, I will be doing my new stories, which I hadn’t performed anywhere else!!! It is often experimental, so come enjoy watching me struggle or soar. In the past, I’d recorded a video message to myself two weeks prior to the show and showed it at the performance… I’ve also attempted improvising a rakugo story on the spot… which didn’t go very well…

Hope to see you there!!!

I Need Your Help! 英志からのお願い!


Hi everybody, hope you are doing well!!!

It’s been quite cold here in Auckland, but I am relieved that we are past the winter solstice… days are getting longer everyday!!!

As in the title, I need your help today.

Help that only takes a few minutes of your time (no money or effort involved!). Please read this till the end. Don’t go away quite yet!

It’s been almost 3 years since I started my English Rakugo journey in New Zealand, and now I have come up with a clear direction for the next few years.

Thanks to the funding from the Creative Communities Scheme and koha (donations) from generous donors, I have managed to produce my shows without taking financial risks.

Having said that, the general running costs of my rakugo project (website, transport, kimono, zabuton, etc.) have gone well above what I receive.

So… in order to make my project more self-sustainable, I have decided to run a Youtube channel to generate a little income so that I don’t have to go completely broke!

My friends and family, please follow my Youtube channel to help me out, the lone English Rakugo performer in the entire New Zealand.

Of course, a lot is lost when rakugo is filmed, so the way I make videos will be very different from the way I normally perform. I recommend you to watch it live!

I do not mind if you follow me and silence notifications, but it would be very, very helpful if you could follow my channel and even better invite your friends and family to follow it as well.

Thank you so much for all your help! Your help means a lot to me!